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[ft-l] [AHS] Capitol Trails Broadcast - Trail Funding; Clean Air Bill


If you haven't written Senators Graham and Nelson yet about FY '03 funding
for the FNST, please do so now (TODAY) and ask them to contact Chairman
Byrd requesting that the Senate Appropriations Committee accept the House
funding levels for the FNST in the Conference Committee.  These letters of
support from Senator's Graham and Nelson are critical to ensuring the FNST
receives the full appropriations that the House is proposing for the FNST.
You may call or email them at or use the link from the AHS web site found

U.S. Senator Bob Graham
Phone: (202) 224-3041
Fax: (202) 224-2237
E-mail: bob_graham@graham.senate.gov

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson
Phone: (202) 224-5274
Fax: (202) 228-2183
E-mail through his web site: http://billnelson.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm

Thanks for your help and support of the FNST.


Kent L. Wimmer, AICP
Florida National Scenic Trail Liaison
Florida Trail Association, Inc.
(850) 523-8576 (w)
(850) 523-8578 (fax)
(850) 386-8442 (h)
Mailing address:
USDA Forest Service
National Forests in Florida
325 John Knox Rd, F-100
Tallahassee, FL 32303-4160

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Capitol Trails Broadcast for AHS Alliance Members & Partners  -  July 2002


Contact your Senators TODAY to help increase funding for trails in FY 2003.
The full Senate vote on the Interior Appropriations bill is possible this
week. Call your Senators and urge them to support funding increases for
trails and recreation management. American Hiking is recommending the
following appropriations:

- $10.85 million for the sixteen national scenic and historic trails
administered by the National Park Service, plus $1.2 million for a
Geographic Information System network for the National Trails System.
- $5 million increase for the National Park Service's Rivers, Trails, and
Conservation Assistance program.
- $317 million for Recreation Management, Heritage and Wilderness and $100
million for Capital Improvement and Maintenance for trails in the USDA
Forest Service.
- $210 million for Recreation in the Bureau of Land Management.

Despite increasing awareness about the benefits of trails, trail and
recreation management programs in the federal agencies remain severely
underfunded and understaffed. The agencies require funding increases to
enhance natural and cultural resource management and protection, improve
visitor services, and strengthen volunteer partnerships. The severe fire
season this summer also means some Forest Service program and acquisition
funds may be diverted to fire suppression.

To write your Senators via email, visit <

The House Interior Appropriations bill passed July 17th. Thank you to all
trail advocates who contacted their Representative to urge trail funding
increases. Highlights include:

*$20 million increase in National Park Service operations for parks and
*$9 million increase for Forest Service recreation management.

*$700,000 increase for Forest Service trail maintenance and capital

*$59.4 million for Bureau of Land Management recreation management.

*$1.44 billion for conservation and land acquisition programs under the
Conservation Trust, including $3 million for the Ice Age, $5 million for
the Florida, and $3 million for the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trails.

Urge your Senators to support these trail and recreation programs that
represent investments in both people and natural resources, benefiting the
environment, economy, public health, and communities.


Contact your Senators NOW, asking them to co-sponsor S. 556, the Clean
Power Act of 2001. The bill amends the Clean Air Act to reduce emissions
from electric powerplants. The bill sets strong limits on the three major
health-threatening types of powerplant pollution-mercury, ozone smog, and
fine particulate soot--and puts a cap, for the first time in US history, on
the release of carbon dioxide from power plants.

Specifically, S. 556 sets emission reduction objectives on sulfur dioxide,
nitrogen oxide, mercury, and carbon dioxide emissions from powerplants that
must be met by January 2007. The bill includes provisions for certain
market-oriented mechanisms, incentives to increase energy efficiency and
renewable energy, and seeks to achieve significant emission reductions in
both the eastern and western regions.

The pollutants targeted in S. 556 contribute to respiratory disorders,
especially asthma and lung disease, heart disease, birth defects, and
premature death. They cause acid rain and haze in our parks and wilderness,
placing natural resources at risk. Powerplants emit large amounts of carbon
dioxide, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change.

Urge your Senators to protect the health of hikers, plants, and animals,
and the views of our natural places. For more information, visit

To call your Member of Congress:
US Capitol Switchboard
(202) 224-3121

To write your Senator:
The Honorable ______________
United States Senate
Washington, DC  20510

To write your Representative:
The Honorable ______________
US House of Representatives
Washington, DC  20515

To locate your Member on-line:

Celina Montorfano
Conservation Policy Manager
American Hiking Society
1422 Fenwick Lane
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 565-6704 x205
(301) 565-6714 (fax)

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