WAFC Forest Focus - December 16, 1997

Western Ancient Forest Campaign wafcdc at igc.apc.org
Tue Dec 16 18:21:27 EST 1997

From: Steve Holmer <wafcdc at igc.apc.org>
Subject: WAFC Forest Focus - December 16, 1997

FOREST FOCUS, the bulletin of the Western Ancient Forest
Campaign, November 18, 1997  To reach us call (202)879-3188, fax
(202)879-3189, or email WAFCDC at igc.apc.org

"GOVERNMENT BY LITIGATION:"  The Dec. 11-17 edition of the
Phoenix New Times, an investigative weekly paper, exposes Forest
Service officials in the Southwest who "ignore laws they're paid to
uphold."  Written by Michael Kiefer, the article focuses on an
injunction of logging and grazing on several Southwestern National
Forests imposed to protect the endangered Mexican spotted owl.  Leon
Fager, a Forest Service biologist of 32 years, explains his
dissatisfaction with the agency's management and how it contributed to
his retirement last week.  "Most of the wildlife dollars in this region
are taken up to provide support to keep the cows on the national forests
and to keep the logs trucks rolling," Fager says in the article.  To read
the full story see the New Times webpage at

NO BULL, SAYS JUDGE:  Alliance for the Wild Rockies (AWR)
reports that Judge Robert Jones of the federal district court in Portland
has ordered the US Fish and Wildlife Service to reconsider an
Endangered Species Act listing for the bull trout across its historic
range.  "No matter how many times the Fish and Wildlife Service tries
to reshuffle the deck, the record shows, and the court agrees, that bull
trout deserve ESA protection across their historic range," said Mike
Bader of AWR.  Judge Jones ruled that the FWS was "arbitrary and
capricious" in its previous decision to not list the fish.  The judge then
ordered the agency to examine whether the bull trout should be listed
across the western US and the Puget Sound coastal region.  These new
studies should not affect the ongoing listing process for the Columbia
River Basin and Klamath River Basin bull trout populations, Judge
Jones ordered.

environmental concern of Oregonians is the decline of salmon," says
the Portland Oregonian in a Dec. 12 article.  The newspaper conducted
a poll that shows 60 percent of Oregon residents believe improving
salmon runs should be a higher priority than commercial use of the
Columbia and Snake rivers and nearly 40 percent think some dams
should be removed.  Oregonians reasoned that "salmon are valued most
highly because they represent the Northwest's heritage and they serve
as a gauge of water quality and environmental health."  

PULL ONE FOR THE SALMON:  Carl Pence, Supervisor of the
Malheur National Forest, has decided to pull one of the largest salvage
timber sales in Oregon.  The Summit timber sale had been appealed by
ten conservation groups when they received notice from Pence that he
was withdrawing the decision.  The sale had proposed to log an
overwhelming 108 million board feet from an area that serves as habitat
for the largest remaining run of wild spring Chinook salmon and
steelhead in the Columbia River Basin.  Groups appealing the sale
include the Oregon Natural Resources Council, Blue Mountain
Biodiversity Project, and Grant County Conservationists among others.

Steve Holmer
Campaign Coordinator

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

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