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Contact Senators to Save Kankakee Refuge Funding!

While the proposed Grand Kankakee Marsh National Wildlife Refuge has received overwhelming public support and was approved as we went to press by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Indiana Congressman Steve Buyer is attempting cut off the project's funding.

Buyer, whose district is partially in the Kankakee River watershed, has had a provision inserted into the 2000 Interior Appropriations bill that would prevent funding for a 30,000-acre refuge.

"The refuge would be a series of tracts that link important existing areas of wildlife habitat within the Kankakee River watershed in Indiana and Illinois," states the Sierra Club's SPARE report, which highlights conservation issues around the country. "Other areas would be restored through voluntary partnerships with landowners and community groups. It would also provide new recreation opportunities, improve water quality, and alleviate flooding. Ultimately, the refuge would help restore a part of our natural heritage that has been lost for nearly a century."

The Senate was set to take up the bill after Labor Day. Contact Senators Bayh and Lugar today and ask them to support the refuge, remove Buyer's language from the conference Interior Appropriations bill, and support $2.5 million in refuge funding for the next fiscal year. Write to our Senators at U.S. Senate, Senate Office Building, Washington, DC, 20510. Capitol switchboard number: (202) 224-3121. Senate's Web site:

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Summer 1999