ACF Update

Don Staples dstaples at
Fri Apr 24 17:01:06 EST 1998

+Oregon DOF Angers Environmentalists

Nine months after Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) signed a bill banning
clear-cuts on landslide-prone
slopes, the Oregon Department of Forestry wants to give up this
authority.  This action has
upset Environmental groups in Oregon.

"The way the statutes are constructed, our role is environmental
protection," said Oregon
State Forester Jim Brown in an interview Thursday.  "The role of public
safety falls on local
governments."  The department this week recommended to a state task
force on landslides that
Kitzhaber's ban on clear-cuts not be renewed after Jan. 1, 2000, unless
landowners - in most
cases, logging companies - are compensated for the lost value of their

It also recommended educating people who live in precarious areas,
issuing better warnings
before intense rainstorms and buying out the owners of at-risk homes or
condemning those

Kitzhaber's top timber adviser, Peter Green, objected to the notion
saying the forestry
department's recommendations, though in some cases worthy, appeared to
give timber owners
too little responsibility for the effects of their actions.

Interestingly enough, the Oregon Forest Industries Council supported the
moratorium when it
was signed, saying last summer that the forestry department should be
able to restrict logging
"when public safety is truly at risk."  Ray Wilkeson of the council said
Thursday that his
organization had no idea the forestry department would recommend lifting
the ban altogether.

"There are people who think we conspire with the forestry department on
everything they do,"
Wilkeson said. "This example shows we don't."

+Texas Court Allows Salvage Sales

The Texas federal court on April 3 rejected plaintiffs' effort to
prevent the Forest Service from
holding salvage sales in accordance with streamlined environmental
analysis procedures
provided by the Council on  Environmental Quality (CEQ). Sierra Club v.
Glickman. CEQ, the
agency which administers the National Environmental Policy Act, has the
authority to provide
alternative procedures in an emergency. It allows the Forest Service to
offer some 22,000
acres of damaged timber immediately and the remaining 80,000 acres after
an environmental
assessment which includes the cumulative impacts of logging the 22,000
acres. CEQ also
excused the Forest Service from having to prepare an environmental
impact statement.

The Forest Service asserted that the dead and dying timber on the Texas
National Forests,
damaged in a windstorm, are a fire hazard and a breeding ground for pine
beetles and other
pests. Although the court had enjoined timber sales on the forests in an
order last September,
its injunction
specifically excepted timber sales necessary to protect the forests'
health. Nonetheless, the
plaintiffs sought to challenge both the need for the sales and the
authority of CEQ to provide the
streamlined procedures. The court denied this challenge, relying on the
Forest Service
declaration of the need for the sales. Meanwhile, briefing on the appeal
from the September
order is almost complete.

+Global Marketing Conference to be Held in Chile

Jay Gruenfeld Associates is offering its fourth conference on global
marketing of forest
products on May 5-6 in Santiago, Chile. The emphasis will be on
clearwood from the Pacific Rim,
and Chile and New Zealand's role in supplying that demand. Following the
conference, there will
be a three-day field trip which will include visits to radiata pine and
eucalyptus plantations with
foresters from Chile's largest companies, and tours of processing
facilities. For more
information or to register, contact Jay Gruenfeld Associates at

+Disaster Funds for Northeast Ice Damage

The ice storms that swept Quebec and the northeastern states in January
unprecedented damage to timberlands across the region. In late March,
the House passed a bill
making emergency supplemental appropriations, including funding to
assist landowners with
heavily damaged timber, The Senate paused a similar bill, but It differs
significantly in aspects
unrelated to disaster assistance. 

Both drafts contain about $48 million for "assisting with the disaster
relief efforts for forest
resources on state local-government and private lands, including cleanup
and replacement of
trees, trails and road clearing, maple sugar operation assistance, and
technical assistance to
assess damage and develop recovery and stewardship Plans." A conference
report and vote
will be needed to work out the differences between the two bills.

Don Staples
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