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WISPIRG asks you to protect Wisconsin's roadless forests November 21, 2005 3:59 PM

I want to thank those of you who wrote your representatives to save the Arctic National Wildife Refuge. Last week, Congress was unable to pass a bill that included Arctic drilling. This campaign is not over, but your work is making a difference! Keep it up!

This summer I asked you to urge Governor Doyle to protect the 69,000 acres of roadless areas in our national forests. In August the Governor announced that forest protections would be a conservation priority. Because of the Bush Administration's repeal of the Roadless Rule, our forests are left unprotected. We need the governor to act on his promise now.

Ask Governor Doyle to protect Wisconsin's forests by joining Oregon, California, and New Mexico in challenging the repeal of the Roadless Rule. Then ask your friends and family to help out by forwarding this e-mail to them.

To take action, click on the following link, or simply paste it into your browser:


In July 2004, the Bush administration announced plans to repeal one of the most important land conservation initiatives in American history - a policy enacted in January 2001 that declared nearly 60 million acres of national forest off-limits to most logging and road-building, including 69,000 acres in Wisconsin. 

The Bush administration moved forward with this repeal even though the Forest Service has received more than 4 million comments in support of protecting America's last wild forests, including tens of thousands from people like you who we email each week - more than have ever been submitted on any rule making on any topic in the history of the United States.

In September, the Governor of Oregon and the Attorneys General of New Mexico and California filed a legal challenge to the repeal of the Roadless Rule.  The premise of this challenge is that the new policy does not conserve roadless areas, disregards the protections the public wants for its land, has not been developed with adequate environmental review or public comment processes, and unduly burdens the state with fiscal responsibility for a process over which the state, ultimately, has no control.  

Governor Doyle has indicated that he will push to protect Wisconsin's roadless areas.  Please take a moment right now to ask Governor Doyle to protect our forests by joining other state leaders in challenging the repeal of the Roadless Rule.

To take action, click on the following link, or simply paste it into your browser:


Jennifer Giegerich
WISPIRG State Director

P.S.  Thanks again for your support.  Please feel free to share this e-mail with your family and friends.

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