Monday Morning Action Plan

With everything else that is going on in the world many people haven't noticed the attack by the Bush administration on some of our most precious treasures. The President has planned to make up for a shortfall in funds for rural schools by selling off the logging lands in our National Forests to make up the difference. Yes, that's right. He's selling off the land base making it even more difficult to meet the demands satisfied by logging sales. Only an idiot, right?

Steps for action on the flip side..

Today's action plan requires that you educate yourself on this issue. This is the hardest part if you aren't aware of what is going on. I will provide the links to the information and all you have to do is read. We will be using this information for the rest of the action plan steps this week. This is an important action plan. The public has until March 30, to submit their comments to the Department of Agriculture. We need a public outcry to keep this unprecedented sale from taking place.

Step One: Read - As you read come up with what you feel are the three most important reasons why we should not sell off our National Forests.

* PDF Department of Agriculture request for comments (includes a summary)
* US Department of Agriculture website with more links for information.
* List of lands potentially eligible for sale.
* Asheville Citizen-Times article
* Charlotte Observer article
* Southern Environmental Law Service

From the Blogs:
* Scrutiny Hooligans1, Scrutiny Hooligans2, Scrutiny Hooligans3
* MyDD
* Common Dreams

This should be enough for you to feel fully informed about this issue. If you want more, though, you can follow this link to a list of resources put together by a professor at UNC Asheville.

Comments

Yay Lance!

Thanks for the spiffy little tag. I meant to ask you to send me the code. Now I have it for tomorrow's post.



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I figured it would be a good idea

to let readers know right upon quick inspection which posts provide the necessary links to engage in some net-activism. For spiffy's sake, I also created a "Take Action!" category, which can be found at the very top of the "Issues" category box.

Yes, I referred to that in my Action plan posts

that went up while you were on vacation. Targator reminded me about it. Did I tell you I sent an LTE off using your new LTE tool? It worked beautifully, though I don't think I'll have one printed in the Observer any time soon since they just printed one about the land sale.



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LTE's

Great to hear that the LTE tool is being used. The take action center is a great resource. I was thinking of adding a Wake County section when I had the time.

I didn't get all of the little media sources

that are actually more likely to print LTEs. I have a great list from NC Policy Watch, but I always seem to run out of time. I guess we need to make sure we get that done soon.

I think the Take Action section is excellent. It's one of the reasons I decided to do the little action plans. I'll put an active link in the next plan instead of just saying the section is to the left.



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The list isn't on our site

here is a link to it. I just haven't clicked through or researched the smaller/weekly/community papers yet and I need to. I'll make it a goal to have it finished by Sunday.

NCpolicywatch NP list



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