HOUSE JOINT MEMORIAL 4029
State of Washington 55th Legislature 1998 Regular Session
By Representatives Buck, Schoesler, Pennington, Honeyford, Carrell, Radcliff, Benson, D. Schmidt, Koster and Sump
Read first time 01/14/98. Referred to Committee on Natural Resources.
TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, AND TO THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES, IN CONGRESS ASSEMBLED:
We, your Memorialists, the House of Representatives and the Senate of the State of Washington, in legislative session assembled, respectfully represent and petition as follows:
WHEREAS, The United Nations has promoted a Biosphere Program throughout the world; and
WHEREAS, The United Nations Cultural, Educational, and Scientific Organization, UNESCO, has created a worldwide system of three hundred twenty-eight Biosphere Reserves in eighty-two nations; and
WHEREAS, Forty-seven United Nations-designated Biosphere Reserves are within the sovereign borders of the United States, and one United Nations-designated Biosphere Reserve is within the State of Washington; and
WHEREAS, Neither the Washington State Legislature nor the Congress of the United States has considered, debated, or approved such designations; and
WHEREAS, The Olympic National Park has already been designated as a Biosphere Reserve; and
WHEREAS, None of the current area included within the Biosphere Program in the State of Washington has been included at the request of or with the consent of the Washington State Legislature; and
WHEREAS, The Washington State Legislature does not believe that a request from the National Park Service should be adequate to nominate land in the State of Washington as a Biosphere Reserve;
NOW, THEREFORE, The Washington State Legislature is unalterably opposed to the inclusion of any land within the borders of the state within the purview of the Biodiversity Treaty or any biodiversity program without the express consent of the Washington State Legislature, as provided by the United States Constitution and the Washington State Constitution.
BE IT RESOLVED, That the Washington State Legislature urge the members of the Congress of the United States, and especially the Washington delegation to the Congress of the United States, to oppose inclusion of any land within the State of Washington in any Biosphere Program of the United Nations without the express consent of the Washington State Legislature in the form of enacted legislation; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this Memorial be immediately transmitted to the President of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and each member of Congress from the State of Washington.
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