June 1999 Volume 6, Number 5
Many people assume our national forests are off-limits to logging. They aren't. Not
only is commercial logging allowed, it's encouraged -- taxpayers underwrote $2 billion in
losses on the logging program from 1992 to 1997, according to the General Accounting
But the National Forest Protection and Restoration Act, H.R. 1396, introduced on April
13 by Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.) and Jim Leach (R-Iowa) would put an end to that.
H.R. 1396 would end all commercial logging on federal lands, promote restoration and
help communities that receive logging revenue develop a more diverse and stable economy.
The McKinney-Leach bill was introduced with 48 original co-sponsors and the list of
supporters is growing.
To take action: Please thank your representative if he or she signed on as a
co-sponsor. If not, call or write and urge support of the bill. Write Rep. ______, U.S.
House of Representatives, Washington, DC 20515. Or call the Capitol Switchboard at (202)
You can also write a letter to your local newspaper to urge your representative to
become a co-sponsor. (Or say thanks if he or she already has.)
You can find the text of the bill and a list of its co-sponsors by typing in the bill
number, H.R. 1396, at http://thomas.loc.gov/
Go on to the next page "Cosponsorship Clarified"
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