Forest Focus - December 7, 1998

HULTGREN arne at snowcrest.net
Mon Dec 7 23:15:05 EST 1998


Why don't you post the titles only. And then if I want to know more, I can
choose to subscribe to your newsletter. Let's save the bandwidth, huh?

<wafcdc at americanlands.org> wrote in message
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>From: "wafcdc at americanlands.org" <wafcdc at americanlands.org>
>
>FOREST FOCUS, the bulletin of American Lands, December 7, 1998
>To reach us call (202)547-9400, fax (202)547-9213, or email
>wafcdc at americanlands.org
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>
>INVESTIGATIONS NEEDED:  Conservation groups are asking the FBI to help
>investigate violence against endangered species in the Southwest.  The
>groups have sent a letter to Secretary Babbitt requesting a multi- agency
>strikeforce, including the FBI, to investigate and prosecute those involved
>with recent attacks including shooting endangered wolves, sabotaging trout
>streams and dewatering rivers.  Please contact Interior Secretary Babbitt
at
>202/208-7351 and ask for an investigation of these attacks on the
>environment in the Southwest.  For more information contact Sam Hitt,
Forest
>Guardians at 505/988-9126 or sam at nets.com
>
>TRUST FUNDS ELIMINATED?:  Officials in the Agriculture Department are
>considering eliminating harmful Forest Service "off- budget" trust funds,
>reports the Salt Lake Tribune on November 21.  Money from trust funds,
which
>are valued at between $400 and $500 million, would be put "on line" and
>chanelled through the U.S. Treasury, and unlike the current system, would
be
>subject to Congressional oversight.  The move is in response to pressure
>from groups like Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics (FSEEE),
>who is calling on the Forest Service to end ongoing abuse and misuse of the
>funds.  "There is not an item in the Forest Service's budget that doesn't
>have some piece of the trust fund," said Andy Stahl, FSEEE's executive
>director.  "Everything from lights to computers to employee salaries, no
>matter how removed they are from planting trees."  For more information,
>contact Dave Wise, American Lands at 202/547- 9163, davewise at juno.com
>
>HEADWATERS UPDATES:  The Fish and Wildlife Service has been overwhelmed by
>an estimated 18,000 written comments on the Headwaters HCP.  The majority
of
>these comments are critical of the plan and this count does not include the
>oral comments made at California hearings.  This is also the one year
>anniversary of Julia Butterfly's continuous tree-sit in protest of the
>Headwaters Forest Agreement and HCP.  There is a rally at the site, south
of
>Eureka in celebration of Julia's occupation on Saturday, December 12.  For
>more information on these stories please contact Headwaters Sanctuary
>Project at headwaters at enews.org
>
>ENVIRONMENT OUTWEIGHS CHIP MILLS:  The environmental and economic value of
>intact forests outweighs the need for chip mills in North Carolina states
an
>editorial in the November 29 Raleigh News and Observer.  The trees
remaining
>from logging provide habitat for wildlife and hold mountain soil in place,
>but portable chipping mills are making it more profitable to leave woods
>completely stripped.  Due to stiffer stormwater runoff regulations on chip
>mills there is a moratorium on new mills in the state  and the timber
>industry is finally sitting down with regulators and environmentalists to
>decide the future of North Carolina forests.  "There is a delicate balance
>between perserving timber and preserving the economy," said the editorial.
>"But chip mills, with their rapacious appetites, pose a danger of tipping
>that balance too far to one side."
>
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>
>Steve Holmer
>Campaign Coordinator
>
>American Lands
>726 7th Street, SE
>Washington, D.C. 20003
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