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Since I first arrived in Congress, I have sought to protect our environment, both nationally and locally. I have introduced the National Forest Protection and Restoration Act (H.R. 1494) in order to end the commercial logging program in our national forests and to establish a system for restoring and rehabilitating the forests and watersheds that have been damaged by years of timber harvests. Similarly, I voted to oppose drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, against the rollback of public land protections, and voted for stronger fuel-economy standards for trucks and SUVs. In addition, I will continue to oppose efforts to weaken the Endangered Species Act, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, as these laws are the foundation for the quality of life and biodiversity that are important to me, residents of Georgia's Fourth District and so many other American people. I am also a cosponsor of legislation that would increase funding to the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which provides needed money to protect precious lands throughout our nation.

Locally, I have sought greater protection for the Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve by supporting the Arabia Alliance, urging the State of Georgia to assist in land acquisition, and by introducing with Senator Max Cleland the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area. I have also fought for protection of the Chattahoochee and South Rivers. I have fully supported efforts to clean up metro Atlanta's air and to reduce smog. I have aggressively worked in favor of efforts to study and constrain the concentration of landfills in South DeKalb. And I was an original supporter of Governor Barnes' Greenspace Initiative to protect parks and open spaces in local communities throughout Georgia.

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