From: Steve Holmer <wafcdc at igc.apc.org>
FOREST FOCUS, the bulletin of the American Lands Alliance
August 5, 1998 To reach us call (202)879-3188,
fax (202)879-3189, or email WAFCDC at igc.apc.org
NO SURPRISES SUIT: Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs) with No
Surprises are being challenged in court by a coalition of environmental
groups, reports the Environmental News Network. The Spirit and Sage
Council, the Humane Society, the Shoshone-Gabrielino Indian Tribe
and others seek to halt the No Surprises policy which guarantees
landowners who agree to protect species on a portion of their land will
not be subject to new regulations or requirements from 30 to 100 years.
If successful, the suit would invalidate 450 HCPs that have been
approved or are in planning that contain the no surprises clause.
COME TO PARADISE: The Loowitt Group of the Sierra Club is
having a campout this weekend in the Paradise Roadless Area which is
threatened by the Limbo Timber Sale. The Gifford Pinchot National
Forest plans to log 196 acres of old growth habitat containing chinook
salmon, threatened steelhead trout, and spotted owls. For more
information please contact Steve Royal at 503/407-2800 or Linda Wolfe
GEOTHERMAL DEVELOPMENTS: The Medicine Lake Highlands
located east of Mt. Shasta on the Klamath, Shasta and Modoc National
Forests in California are threatened by proposed geothermal
developments, reports the Klamath Forest Alliance (KFA). "Two
developments are being planned which threaten the scenic beauty of the
Highlands with a power plant, pipelines, well fields and a 24-mile
transmission line," said Felice Pace of KFA. "The Mount Hoffman
Roadless Area which is sacred to Native Americans would be bisected
by the transmission line." In spite of all the adverse environmental
impacts which will occur with these geothermal developments, the
companies which are developing them are marketing the electricity as
"green" energy. Contact KFA at 530/467-5405 or klamath at sisqtel.net
for more information.
TRUCK TOLL: Logging trucks are taking an expensive toll on county
roads, reports the Chattanooga Times. "Marion county has spent more
than $150,000 repairing roads thrashed by heavy log trucks," said John
Graham road superintendent in Marion County. "The roads aren't built
to sustain that kind of heavy damage." Unlike coal miners, loggers
don't pay a severance tax to help reimburse counties for the wear and
tear on roads. So taxpayers wind up paying the bill. Jim Westbrook
of the Tennessee Highway Association said he plans to lobby the state
legislature for a solution.
PRAIRIE DOG DANGER: The National Wildlife Federation filed a
petition to issue list the black-tailed prairie dog as a threatened species.
"The once-common prairie dog could become threatened with extinction
unless the federal government halts wholesale shootings and poisonings
of the rodent," said NWF President Mark Van Putten. "The prairie
dog is a key cog in the plains ecosystem, providing food for the
endangered black footed ferret, the swift fox, mountain plover and
burrowing owl," said biologist Sterling Miller. "The prairie dog once
ranged over 100-250 million acres of grasslands but its habitat has now
been reduced to only 700,000 to 800,000 acres."
The Western Ancient Forest Campaign is now American Lands, reflecting our
work with citizens nationwide to protect America's wildlife and wild places.
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