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DENlines Issue #18
Defenders Electronic Network (DEN)
Friday June 30, 2000

1.      EVERGLADES: Water, Water Everywhere

A Senate committee approved ambitious legislation to restore the 
imperiled Florida Everglades and the wildlife that depend on it. 
The historic bill corrects more than a half-century of damage -- from 
canals, dykes and drainage -- to the largest freshwater marsh in the 
United States. Environmental groups, including Defenders, are working 
to strengthen certain key provisions in the bill before it reaches 
the floor of the Senate for a full vote in coming weeks.

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2.      FORESTS: Roadless Proposal Gets Airtime

Recently, the U.S. Forest Service released a proposed plan to 
protect millions of acres of our last remaining roadless forests. 
WE NEED YOUR HELP to ensure these pristine wilderness areas are 
protected from damaging new road construction and logging. Send a 
free e-mail to U.S. Forest Service Chief Mike Dombeck urging him to 
make sure the protection plan includes Alaska's Tongass National 
Forest, considered the crown jewel of the national forest system, 
and prohibits additional logging methods in designated roadless 
areas. The public comment period ends on July 17 so send your e-mail 
comment today!

Click here to send a free e-mail to Forest Service Chief Dombeck 
through the DEN Action Center: http://www.denaction.org

3.      WOLVES: Oregon Senator Launches Sneak Attack

Language buried deep in a report accompanying a federal funding bill 
at the request of Senator Gordon Smith (R-OR) would direct the U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service to remove endangered gray wolves that 
enter Oregon from neighboring Idaho. Defenders led successful efforts 
in 1995 to reintroduce the wolf to Yellowstone National Park and 
central Idaho and is promoting wolf restoration in other parts of 
the U.S. Defenders is working to remove this stealthy damaging 
provision because it would impede the natural recolonization of 
wolves in wilderness areas surrounding the original reintroduction 

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4.      REFUGES: Home Improvement for Critters

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released final guidelines 
for developing management plans for the more than 500 national 
wildlife refuges nationwide. Defenders led efforts in the 
environmental community to make sure that the new criteria include 
opportunities for public involvement, an emphasis on protecting 
wildlife habitat, and mechanisms to evaluate the success of each 
plan after implementation. Refuge plans are an excellent opportunity 
for local citizens to make a big difference for wildlife.
Click here to learn about the national wildlife refuge system: 

5.      CREATURE FEATURE: American Crocodile 

Often confused with the American alligator, the American crocodile 
is far more scarce, earning the dubious title of the rarest reptile 
in North America with as few as 500 left in Florida. Crocodiles are 
similar to alligators, except for their lighter color, more pointed 
snout, and protruding teeth in the lower jaw.

Click here to learn more about this scaly resident of the Everglades: 

6.      NATURE TRIVIA: Our Nation's Deepest Lake

What is the deepest lake in the United States?

	A. Lake Superior, Minnesota & Wisconsin	
	B. Crater Lake, Oregon
	C. Lake Okeechobee, Florida
	D. Lake Tahoe, California

(Scroll down to the end of this e-mail for the answer)

7.      CAPITOL HILL REPORT: New E-mail Update on Congress

Are you a political junkie? Do you find yourself watching C-SPAN 
late at night? If so, check out the new DEN Capitol Hill Report, a 
regular update on the latest legislative information on wildlife and 
conservation issues in Congress. The DEN Capitol Hill Report will be 
available as a regular link to each DENlines.

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TRIVIA ANSWER (B): Crater Lake plunges to a depth of 1,932 feet 
(more than one third of a mile), some 600 feet deeper than Lake 
Superior. The ancient lake, created more than 7,000 years ago, is 
all that remains from a once-active 12,000-foot volcano that erupted 
with 42 times the force of Mt. Saint Helens (1980). The crater is 
26 miles around and located at a lofty elevation of 6,164 feet on 
the crest of the Cascade Mountains in southern Oregon. Today this 
magnificent lake is preserved as a National Park, established in 
1902. (Source: American Nature). 

To see a picture of the lake and learn more about Crater Lake 
National Park click here:  http://www.nps.gov/crla/  

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