Thursday Morning Action Plan

Today we are going to do our best to get our N.C. Senators and Representatives informed about this issue. One of the best ways to do it is to simply email or call them and ask if they are aware of this. Many should be since there have been articles in almost every daily newspaper about this issue and the Governor and both Senators in Washington are against the sale of our National Forests.

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First on the list is to go ahead and thank Governor Easley if you haven't already sent him an email. You will find that form here. The next step is to email your Representative in the NC House and in the NC Senate. You will find that contact information in the Take Action section of BlueNC.

For the latter step, you might want to include this url - http://facstaff.unca.edu/elkin/NFS/. While they should be able to see that it clearly says "faculty staff UNC Asheville", you might want to let them know that it is a page that compiles all of the official information about the sale of our National Forests as well as local media coverage. You also will want to let them know that you are aware that they do not have a vote in Congress, but you feel their voice would add weight to the argument against selling our National Treasures.

There, you have it. Three emails today. You can send the same email to your Rep. and Sen., so it's really only two emails. Don't fret over what to say. Simply thank the Governor and inform the others. As always, remember to thank them for the service to our state and its people. Not all of them are on the take and the pay is not commensurate with the job.

Tomorrow - LTEs.

Comments

Thanks, SD

Very helpful. I'm slammed today, so I greately appreciate having someone tell me exactly what to do so I can just go ahead and do it. Just don't tell me to jump off a bridge, because I might just take you up on that request . . .

:)

I received a prompt

Thank you response from a Governor's Aide.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Easley

Hopefully he will appreciate this positive e-mail as opposed to the negative ones I sent him regarding executions.

Also, I am beginning to mention that I was prompted at BlueNC to let them know that there is a concerted effort afoot.

Easley's Staffer's Reponse

Thank you for sharing your support of Gov. Easley's formal protest against the sale of 9,828 acres of National Forest land in North Carolina. Your e-mail to Gov. Easley's office was referred to me for a response.

Gov. Easley strongly opposes the proposed sale of national forest lands, and feels the proposal violates all the tenets of good public policy. This sale would take vital assets from North Carolina and send the proceeds to other states, contradicting our efforts to secure public lands for future generations. This proposal would also dispose of valuable, sometimes priceless, public resources, removing them from public access for all time, in order to provide temporary funding that is inadequate to meet the ongoing, critical needs of rural communities and schools.

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources is currently performing a detailed analysis of the proposed tracts and will provide further comments prior to the close of this comment period. However, even the most cursory analysis reveals that these parcels were wrongly characterized as hard to manage or isolated lands with little or no conservation value. Indeed, many of these lands are critical for the environmental and conservation benefits they impart.

In addition to those tracts with important conservation and ecological value, other tracts have been identified by the Forest Service as potential properties for land swaps. These swaps enable the Forest Service to exchange outlying properties for privately owned properties within or adjacent to the National Forests; in this manner, such parcels are crucial for increasing the contiguous acreage, eliminating gaps, and creating conservation corridors between National Forest lands.

In summary, Gov. Easley feels the minimal benefits of this sale, combined with the strikingly bad public policy choices, do not justify the loss of invaluable National Forest lands and the threat to our environment that this sale poses. This proposal damages our natural resources and heritage with no effort to provide commensurate benefit.

I hope you find this information helpful. Thank you for your interest in this issue.

Sincerely,

Diana Kees, Acting Public Affairs Director
N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources