COALITION CALLS FOR END TO LOGGING IN ROADLESS ARE

Western Ancient Forest Campaign wafcdc at igc.apc.org
Wed Dec 10 19:42:02 EST 1997


From: Steve Holmer <wafcdc at igc.apc.org>
Subject: COALITION CALLS FOR END TO LOGGING                 IN ROADLESS  AREAS

        For Immediate Release:  Wednesday, December 10, 1997
                                      Contact:  Steve Holmer



           COALITION CALLS FOR END TO LOGGING 
                    IN ROADLESS AREAS

America's Wildlands at Risk Report Calls for End to Logging in
Roadless Areas


(Washington) - America's last remaining wildlands need immediate
protection from logging and roadbuilding, says a diverse coalition of
leaders from scientific, conservation, religious and fishing groups.  The
coalition was brought together this year by continuing threats to
America's wildlands and efforts to eliminate timber road subsidies. 
The groups are calling for the protection of unroaded National Forest
areas and a withdrawal of current timber sales planned for these areas.

"The unprotected roadless areas of our National Forests provide quality
drinking water, outstanding fish and wildlife habitat and unique
recreation opportunities for millions of Americans," said Jim Jontz,
executive director of the Western Ancient Forest Campaign (WAFC). 
"It is time for the Forest Service to stop logging these forest
ecosystems and protect them for future generations," Jontz said.

America's Wildlands at Risk, a new report by WAFC, details the costs
to the taxpayers, communities and the environment caused by logging
abuses.  The report shows the need to protect roadless areas and
documents 50 proposed sales threatening those areas.

"More than 95 percent of virgin forests outside of Alaska have been
logged," stated Dominick DellaSala, a scientist with the World Wildlife
Fund.  "The U.S.'s inability to adequately protect its forests, sets one
of the poorest standards for conservation of any developed country on
Earth."  DellaSala will release a letter signed by over one-hundred
scientists calling for an end to logging in roadless areas.

"Last month the Forest Service, long criticized for losing money on its
logging program, admitted for the first time that the agency had lost
money in selling publicly-owned trees," said Amelia Jenkins, economist
for the Wild Utah Forest Campaign.  "The Forest Service claimed to
have lost $15 million in 1996 but independent analysts know the true
loss was at least three hundred million dollars when all of the agency's
costs are included."  Logging in remote, unroaded areas substantially
adds to the cost of the Forest Service timber program.  "These money-
losing sales aren't just bad for the federal treasury," said Jenkins, "they
are extremely costly to the environment and a bad investment for future
generations."  

"It is widely understood that native trout and salmon are in trouble
throughout most of their range," said Chuck Pezeshki, mechanical
engineering professor from Washington State University.  "We know
that in order to protect these creatures from further decline and set
them back on a path to recovery, the remaining roadless areas on
federal lands must be protected from road building and logging." 
Pezeshki will present a letter signed by members of the fisheries
community supporting protection of roadless areas.

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Steve Holmer
Campaign Coordinator

Western Ancient Forest Campaign
1025 Vermont Ave. NW  3rd Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005
202/879-3188
202/879-3189 fax
wafcdc at igc.org




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