Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Roadless Area Conservation Act of 2006

One of the great things about moving some place totally different is the thrill of seeing new places, meeting new people, and having new experiences. Moving from Washington to Pennsylvania has been a great adventure, and it’s really only just begun.

I started looking into Pennsylvania’s government and representatives as soon as we decided on moving. Admittedly, I still write to Washington State Senators Murray and Cantwell whenever I write to Pennsylvania Senators Specter and Santorum. I guess I still feel like I have their ear, being from Washington originally.

Here is something from Cantwell’s work that I hope you will all take a moment to read, and if interested, support:

Senator Maria Cantwell’s Websites:

From the office of Senator Maria Cantwell:

For the past six years the Bush administration has waged a war on the environment. Cloaked in Orwellian names such as "Clear Skies" and "Healthy Forests," George Bush has slowly undone thirty years of environmental protections. Just last winter the Senate Republicans launched a renewed attack on the Arctic national Wildlife Refuge.

Now George Bush has set his sights on our last, untouched forests. The Bush Administration has reversed existing protections and is opening over 58 million acres of untouched forests across the United States to development. Only by working together can we stop this destruction of this national treasure.

Last Thursday, I introduced the Roadless Area Conservation Act of 2006. This bill would block the Bush administration's attempts to open these 58 million acres of pristine, roadless forest by permanently protecting them against logging and road building. I need you to join me in this fight. This week, I will be asking my fellow senators to cosponsor the legislation and today I ask you to join me as a citizen co-sponsor of the Roadless Area Conservation Act.

Add your name as a citizen co-sponsor to this important legislation now.


Maria Cantwell

There are many things you can do to help support this legislation. Here are just a few ideas:

- Sign online at Maria Cantwell's website to be a citizen co-sponsor of this legistlation

- Write to your congress women and men

- Share this information with others

- Visit our National Parks, and see for yourself just how beautiful, wondrous, and important America's wild places are for everyone.


  1. Nothing is sacred if it will produce a profit, as far as the Bush administration is concerned.

    Thanks for the link, I've now signed the petition.

  2. Thanks for the info and the link!

    "If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen." - Henry David Thoreau

    "What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?" - also HDT

  3. I once heard the famous biologist and conservationist Edward O Wilson give an impassioned plea to save the world’s remaining tracks of untouched forests. We argued that we need to focus on the reconciling humanity and nature.

    “How will we be remembered 1000 years from now?” he asked.

    Even as it stands our ever-increasing population puts tremendous stress on biological diversity, causing mass distinctions and habitat loss.

    Worse of all, in destroying other life forms we are losing what it means to be human, and future generations will condemn us for it, for reducing their lives. We can blame the Bush administration, and, my god, there’s A LOT of blame we can lay at their feet, but really we’re all responsible for the environmental crisis we’re now facing.

    Wilson believes there is hope, but I don’t.

    Of course, that doesn’t mean that I won’t sign that petition and continue to do my part, but I feel helpless, you know?

  4. Lily, I'm glad that you had a chance to sign the petition. The true profit of mutual benefit is the continued survival of the world's forests and other habitats. (Of course, I know I'm biased.) ;)

    Frankengirl, thanks for the Thoreau quotes. BOTH provide excellent and pertinent food for thought. I keep his works handy, and read them for good company. :)

    JB, thanks for the thoughts from Wilson. Like you, I find it hard to maintain optimism in the face of current events... However, I would truly like to believe that humanity and nature can be reconciled. I believe that it’s a convenient illusion to see humanity and its constructs as being outside of nature. Whenever those pigs fly and we finally make the connection between all our actions and the likelihood of our continued existence, there’s always that chance that we’ll make that grand evolution as a species, and learn a better way to live with the earth. End rant. :D

    UltimateWriter, I totally dig it. Gore is a smart cookie, and I would love to have seen him take the presidency. But you know, I keep reminding myself that the nature of our democratic republic is supposed to operate in such a way that the government only pleases some of the people some of the time. I sure hope that enough people are dissatisfied now to get things swinging the other way soon!


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