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Western Ancient Forest Campaign wafcdc at igc.apc.org
Thu Aug 13 17:20:11 EST 1998

From: Steve Holmer <wafcdc at igc.apc.org>

TO:       All Activists
FROM:     Steve Holmer
DATE:     August 12, 1998


     Thirteen environmental groups including American Lands
Alliance filed a lawsuit that claims that the U.S. Forest Service and the
Bureau of Land Management have failed to monitor and protect
endangered species as mandated by President Clinton's Northwest
Forest Plan.  "The Plan remains an empty promise because it is not
being followed," said Dave Ward of Pilchuck Audubon Society, a
plaintiff in the suit.  

     The groups seek an injunction on further timber sales from old-
growth forests until the Forest Service completes surveys of the land
for 77 endangered species.  The suit also seeks a new assessment of the
Northwest Forest Plan to take into account new information.  Last year
over 7,000 acres of Ancient Forest were logged in the Option-9 forests. 
Contact Mike Axline, Western Environmental Law Center, (541) 485-
2471 for more information.


     The Northwest Regional Forester is requesting a 10 to 20
percent reduction in logging levels to ensure the agency can comply
with the Northwest Forest Plan, reports The Oregonian.  Nine of the 13
National Forests in Washington and Oregon requested reduced logging
levels and none requested they be raised.  Inadequate mapping had
caused the agency to underestimate the number of streams in the
Northwest protected by the Forest Plan, limiting the amount of land
available for logging.  In addition, some forests were so heavily
logging in the 70s and 80s that entire valleys need to be left alone for
decades so streams can recover.  

The Western Ancient Forest Campaign is now American Lands, reflecting our
work with citizens nationwide to protect America's wildlife and wild places.

Steve Holmer
Campaign Coordinator

American Lands 
1025 Vermont Ave. NW  3rd Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005
202/879-3189 fax
wafcdc at igc.org

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