ACTION ALERT ON HARDWOOD BOMBING RANGE
If ever there was a time for Wisconsin Citizens to join together around an environmental issue, it is now. If ever there was a need for immediate action to prevent the loss of our precious public forest, it is now.
Despite three years of public outcry against the expansion of the Hardwood Bombing Range onto 6,000 acres of Wood County Forest Land, the National Guard's Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) concludes that there is no significant impact, and the plan may go forward.
Despite three years of petitions, public hearings, letter writing campaigns, candlelight vigils, earth day picnics and a statewide prayer rally at the capitol, the DNR will roll over once again to Pentagon pressure and allow the military to make a mockery of State Statute 28.11, which expressly protects public forests for future generations.
Wood County officials have courageously stood firm on their refusal to withdraw the 6,000 acres of County Forest Land, regardless of the price the National Guard will offer them. They have passed a unanimous resolution to turn down any offer the Guard might make. But now, since the EIS allows the plan to proceed, the military could condemn the Forest land under eminent domain.
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has made it clear that, in the case of condemnation, they will play an advisory role only. WE, the citizens of the State must take action now to prevent the possible seizure of our public lands for military purposes.
We can't count on the DNR or the public intervenor, so we must appeal to our elected officials, especially Governor Thompson and Senators Feingold and Kohl. We must also consider taking this State's Rights question to the courts. Perhaps we should seek an injunction against proceeding any further with this plan since it violates State Statute 28.11. Bronson LaFollette, attorney general in 1986, issued an opinion that said that County Forest Land cannot be used for military purposes. Let me know if anyone wants to pursue the legal strategy.
We are asking every environmental group, every peace group and every civic organization to protest this abomination. Please organize a letter writing campaign, public information meeting, petition drive--whatever you are called to do, so that we can create a loud, unequivocal message of NO, NO, NO, NO, NO!
1,000 COMMENTS CAMPAIGN: We need 1,000 public comments to be submitted on the Draft EIS. The basic message: "We WILL NOT TOLERATE the condemnation of our County Forest Land for use as a bombing range." Each and every comment must be included in the Final EIS. (You do not need to have seen a copy of the Draft EIS to express your opposition.) We want the Final EIS to be a thick book of letters of protest, petitions and poems which oppose the taking of our public forests for practicing war in Wisconsin. Be sure to send a copy of your comment to Kohl, Feingold, and Garvey. We need gubernatorial candidate Garvey to take a strong, high profile position against this plan.
Public Comments must be submitted by November 21, 1997. (If you are accessing this page after that date, please send letters directly to the public officials listed below.) If you are accessing this page before Nov. 21, write NOW to:
Col. Kent Adams, Program Manager, Hardwood EIS
Send copies to:
Sen. Herb Kohl
Sen. Russ Feingold
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