From: John Muir Project of Earth Island Institute
URGENT ACTION ALERT!
HELP STOP S. 1028, THE QUINCY LOGGING BILL!
This bill gives logging companies near-total control
over our forests...
Senator Barbara Boxer is the key to stopping it!
Environmental movement unites in opposition!
"The Quincy bill is twice as bad
as the Salvage Rider."
- - Debbie Sease, Sierra Club Legislative
It is not often that we at John Muir Project call on
you for help, but this is a matter of the utmost urgency.
Accordingly, we ask that you take a minute to read this
announcement, for the future of our national forest
system hangs in the balance, and a phone call from you to
Senator Boxer's office THIS WEEK would make a REAL
We urge you to act quickly to help stop one of the
greatest timber industry ripoffs and threats yet to our
national forests - the so-called Quincy Library Group
(QLG) bill, S. 1028. We have the chance to stop it, and
we need your help BADLY to do it! Here's what's going on,
and what you can do:
QLG IS A TROJAN HORSE:
This bill masquerades as "community input" but
in reality it's a hoax designed to eliminate existing
controls in the law that protect national forests from
overcutting, watershed damage, and species extinction.
QLG is a scam written by and for the timber industry, and
while it directly affects only forests in the Sierra
Nevada mountains, it's a Trojan Horse designed to open
the door to similar bills for ALL national forests. If
this one goes through, MORE WILL DEFINITELY FOLLOW! Your
national forests will be next!
QLG IS A FRAUD: Lots of
talk about protecting communities from wildfire,
following environmental laws, and protecting roadless
areas from logging. But when you read the fine print,
it's REALLY about getting the cut out - the FINAL cut!
This bill is worded in the most deceptive ways
imaginable. You have to dig deep to see that it's really
about doubling logging rates, increasing fire danger, and
subverting our environmental laws. Even our friends in
the House of Representatives got taken in by this fraud!
THE SENATE IS THE ONLY PLACE WE
CAN STOP IT: The House voted overwhelmingly to
pass this bill. Now the Senate is considering it, and
word from the Hill is that mark-up is now scheduled for
mid-October. That's TWO WEEKS. California Senators Dianne
Feinstein and Barbara Boxer are the original sponsors of
the Senate version, S. 1028. Feinstein has rarely been a
friend of the environment, but Senator Boxer is one of
our few real environmental champions in the Senate. We
must persuade her to remove her name from the QLG and
actively oppose it!
BOXER IS THE KEY: Since
QLG directly affects only some national forests in
California, the Senate Rules afford us an opportunity to
kill this bill. If one Senator from California opposes
it, it's normally enough to ensure its quick death.
Environmentalists have been able to rely on Senator Boxer
in the past; now is the time to make sure she doesn't
make the most grievous mistake of her career!
WHAT YOU CAN DO: Please
pick up the phone and call Senator Boxer's office in
The number is 202-224-3553.
Tell her that you want her to do the following:
- Remove her name from the bill; and
- Officially and publicly oppose it; and
- Place a "Senatorial Courtesy Hold" on
the bill, which will effectively kill it.
STRESS THAT SENATOR BOXER MUST
KILL THIS BAD BILL!
Here are some sound bite arguments you can
- QLG is a FRAUD. It doesn't represent any
interests except those of Big Timber;
- QLG will more than DOUBLE THE CUT on the
national forests in the affected region;
- QLG will OVERRIDE ALL ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS
such as NFMA, NEPA, and ESA despite
hollow assurances to the contrary;
- QLG is a CORPORATE WELFARE HANDOUT to
Sierra Pacific Industries of Redding, CA;
- QLG will INCREASE FIRE RISK, according
to the best available science;
- QLG is a BUDGET BUSTER. It will cost
millions of dollars in direct taxpayer
- QLG is a TROJAN HORSE. It opens the door
to privatizing national forests
- QLG is NO SOLUTION to rural communities'
problems. It's just a short-term payoff;
- QLG will DESTABILIZE RURAL ECONOMIES by
increasing logging rates; and
- QLG is the WORST FOREST DESTRUCTION LAW
CONGRESS PASSED THIS CENTURY.
Finally, Debbie Sease's quote bears
repeating: "The Quincy bill is twice as bad
as the Salvage Rider."
You get the picture. Thanks for making this
critical call. Please ask others to join you,
ASAP. Redistribute this message far and wide.
Let's make this one count. Ring Senator Boxer's
bell really good this time, because our national
forests may pay the ultimate price if we don't!
CALL ONCE A DAY, EVERY DAY UNTIL SHE COMES
THROUGH FOR US!
HAVE YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS CALL TOO!
We thank you and our forests thank you,
- David Orr and Chad
Directors, John Muir
Project of Earth Island
HELP STOP S.1028!!!
(Qunicy Logging Bill)