As a regular subscriber to Care2.com's newsletter, I felt this issue - March 30, 2004 - important enough to put online.
Thank you for receiving Animals and Environment alerts,
because one of our most impressive and widely supported
wilderness protection rules is under attack.
The historic Roadless Area Conservation Rule was a huge
victory for all Americans. We as a nation submitted over
2.5 million public comments which ensures that our last wild
forests will continue to provide clean drinking water for
millions of Americans, wildlife habitat, and endless
These protections could be lost forever. Bush
administration officials are planning to allow governors
in the Lower 48 states to seek exemptions for national
forests in their states, paving the way, quite literally,
for opening pristine wilderness to logging and habitat
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It's already started - on Dec. 23, at the behest of
powerful timber companies, the Bush administration
exempted our largest national forest, Alaska's Tongass
Rainforest, from the Roadless Area Conservation Rule.
Here's what you need to do: Ask your governor to call on
the Bush administration to protect our last wild forests by
keeping the Roadless Rule intact and reinstating the rule
in the Tongass.