Petition re: wilderness bills

George Weston Manning georgem at csn.net
Sat Feb 3 00:01:22 EST 1996


! * ! * ! * SIGN THIS PETITION IF YOU CARE ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT, THE
DESERT, PROTECTION OF PRISTINE WILDERNESS AREAS! * ! *

As this editorial in the New York Times states, two very very
bad bad bad bills: HR 1745 and its senate counterpart S884, are
currently proposing wilderness annihilation in the beautiful desert lands
of Utah.  Read the following article if you want more details. This
is a NATIONAL issue, and an issue of misrepresentation-- the people
of Utah do not want this bill passed and their representatives are not
listening.
ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS SIGN YOUR NAME TO THIS LIST AND SEND IT ON TO 5 OTHER
PEOPLE.
IF YOU ARE A TENTH PERSON TO SIGN YOUR NAME, FORWARD THE LIST BACK TO ME:
whittle at owlnet.rice.edu
(i.e. the 10th, 20th, 30th person will forward this message to me in progress)
I will compile the petition and send it to the important senators, etc.

------Editorial in the New York Times, November 15,1995----------
. . .There is another test just around the corner. Companion bills in
the House and Senate would take about 22 million acres of Federal land in
Utah now run by the Federal Bureau of Land Management,give wilderness
protection to a mere 1.8 million acres in southeastern Utah's
fabled canyonlands and open the rest to mining, road-building and
development.
The bills are sponsored by Representative James Hansen and Senator Orrin
Hatch, both Utah Republicans. A competing bill sponsored by Representative
Maurice Hinchey of New York is much better. It would protect 5.7 million
acres, which environmentalists think is the minimum required to maintain the
integrity of the canyonlands. According to several polls, Utah's
rank-and-file citizens prefer the Hinchey approach and believe that there
is more to be gained from tourism if the terrain is left alone than from
bulldozing some of the nation's most fragile and scenic lands. But Utah's
Congressional delegation prefers the bulldozer.
         Critics of the Hatch-Hansen bill have two further complaints.
First, it would undermine the intent of the 1964 Wilderness Act--an act
that designates wilderness as a place "where man himself is but a
visitor"--by  allowing development even in the 1.8 million protected acres.
Second, it
forecloses the possibility of future wilderness designations. The B.L.M.
will continue to manage the 20 million Utah acres left unprotected by the
Hansen-Hatch bills. But the bills say the land must hence- forth be
reserved for commercial users. Wilderness designation will no longer be an
option. Finally, victory for the Hansen-Hatch bills could provide smoother
sailing for other measures that are aimed at stripping the Federal
Government of control over public lands. The most brazen of these are
identical bills sponsored by Senator Craig Thomas, Republican of Wyoming,
and Mr. Hansen that would transfer to the states every single acre managed
anywhere by the B.L.M., some 270 million acres in all. A variant has been
offered by Senator Conrad Burns, Republican of Montana, who would establish
a commission to identify national forests and other public lands that could
be sold or transferred to the states or private
interest. The Thomas-Hansen measure proposes a give-away. The Burns bill
threatens a national yard sale of the country's natural heirlooms. Mr. Thomas
says the lands would be better administered "by the people who truly
understand the needs of local citizens.  That, of course, means Western
state legislatures, which tend to be far more inclined to exploit public
resources for commercial gain than even this Congress.
        These are destructive ideas, and the only sure way to stop them is
to send a clear conservationist signal by defeating the Utah lands bill.
The main hope is on the House floor, where a growing group of moderate
Republicans is having strong second thoughts about legislation that
endangers
the environment. The preservation of a sound national public lands strategy
may lie in their hands.

PETITION BEGINS HERE:

"I do not support wilderness annihilation bills HR 1745 and S884.  I
am in favor of Senator Hinchey's and the Utah citizen's proposal
to designate AT LEAST 5.7 million acres of PROTECTED wilderness in southern
Utah."

    #    NAME                  E-MAIL (not obligatory)     PLACE OF RESIDENCE

    1.  Elizabeth Whittlesey    whittle at owlnet.rice.edu     Texas,orig. Utah
    2.  Cori Nelson            corin at leland.stanford.edu   CA, orig.Utah
    3.  Erin Johnson            ejohnson at minerva.cis.yale.edu CT, orig. Utah
    4.  Sung-Min Chung          sucker at minerva.cis.yale.edu CT, orig.MD
    5.  Thomas Socci                                        NY, NY
    6.  Sofia Yakren                                        NY
    7.  Elizabeth Kanter                                    MA, orig. NJ
    8.  Amelia Kaplan           akaplan at fas.harvard.edu     NJ
    9.  Emily Hobson            ehobson at fas.harvard.edu     CA
    10. Adam Dylan Hefty        hefty at fas.harvard.edu       KS
    11. Eric Albert             edalbert at fas.har  vard.edu  NJ
    12. Daniel Mason            dmason at fas.harvard.edu      CA
    13. Joshua Mooney           moondog at dartmouth.edu       CA
    14. Erica Brandling-Bennett beeb at dartmouth.edu          VA
    15. Allison Brugg           Alli.Brugg at Dartmouth.edu    CT
    16. Leah Campbell           Cams at Dartmouth.edu          NY
    17. Tamar Kraft-Stolar      tk38 at cornell.edu            NY
    18. Zoe Weinrobe            zrw1 at cornell.edu            MA
    19. Anna Spraycar           ams40 at cornell.edu           MD
    20. Jessica Shattuck                                    MD
    21. Karen E. Thomas         kethomas at phoenix.princeton.edu  CA
    22. Steven W. Thomas                                 Providence, RI
    23. Chris Harley            harley at zoology.washington.edu
    24. Jennie Hoffman                                      WA
    25. Eric Sanford            sanforde at bcc.orst.edu       OR
    26. Philip Brownell         brownell at bcc.orst.edu       OR
    27. Ben Brownell            bbrownell at pomona.edu        OR
    28. Brian Cross             bcross at pomona.edu           CA
    29. Nathaniel Gilbert       ngilbert at pomona.edu         CA, WA
    30. David Severson          severson at lclark.edu         OR, WA
    31. Benjamin Kalm           kalm at lclark.edu             UT
    32. Sandy Kalm              sk637 at bard.edu              UT
    33. Tiare Sheller           ts396 at bard.edu              WA
    34. Nathan Sheller          ns573 at bard.edu              WA
    35. Joel Krist              joelkr at microsoft.com        WA
    36. Kym Krist                                           WA
    37. Angela Linse            linse at u.washington.edu      WA
    38. Barbara Knox-Seith      bknoxs at scn.org              WA
    39. Lisa Dabek              ldabek at fish.washington.edu  WA
    40. Tamara Jackson          instruct at fish.washington.edu WA
    41. Alyssa Reischauer       alyssar at fish.washington.edu WA
    42. Robert Bellsey          bellsey at brahms.biosci.arizona.edu  AZ
    43. A. Ellinor Michel       emichel at umich.edu MI (voter reg. AZ)
    45. Sara Roos               roos at hsc.usc.edu             CA
    46. George Ruben            George.C.Ruben at Datmouth.EDU, NH
    47. Martha Luehrmann        MRLuehrmann at LBL.gov          CA
    48. Dariush Arasteh         dariush at lbl.gov              CA
    49. Robin Mitchell          rmitchell at xenergy.com        CA
    50. Joseph Ball             jball at xenergy.com            CA
    51. Mark D'Antonio          mdantonio at xenergy.com        MA
    52. Derek Shuman            DBShuman at lbl.gov             CA
    53. Phillip Price           pnprice at lbl.gov              CA
    54. Greg Klunder            glklunder at lbl.gov        CA
    55. Laura Yee              lauray at qei.com     CA
    56. Thayon Barton          thayonb at qei.com     CA
    57. Joseph Sullivan         jsullivn at uiuc.edu            IL
    58. Christine Armer         caarmer at uiuc.edu             IL, CA
    59. Ryan Gossen             10247,554 at compuserve.com     TX, CA
    60. Laura M. Smith                                       TX
    61. Suzanne D. Ramo         sramo at mail.utexas.edu        TX
    62. Stephen Bright          bright at ened.com              TX
    63. April Parra             ap16572 at swt.edu              TX
    64. Eileen Bamberger    bamberge at ralph.southwestern.edu  TX
    65. Stephen Rice           rices at ralph.southwestern.edu  TX
    66. Vicki Albright     vickia at bcm.tmc.edu              TX
    67. David Wilcox    wilcox_d at hccs.cc.tx.us              TX




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