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FOREST FOCUS, the bulletin of American Lands, December 9, 1998 
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CLINTON WEAK ON ESA:  Clinton Administration policies are weakening the
Endangered Species Act, said a Dec. 3 article in the San Francisco
Chronicle.  "Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs) amount to a license to kill,"
said the article.  The "No Surprises" policy can be deadly to species
because there is no way to predict exactly what will happen to species in
the future.  The "Safe Harbors" policy does not make landowners responsible
for future increased habitat or species that are not present when the HCP is
implemented.  The administration often refuses to designate critical habitat
for endangered species, and it removes species from the endangered species
list that have not yet recovered.  "The administration says it is carrying
out these five policies in order to improve the Endangered Species Act, but
the act works best when the spirit of the law is followed," said the article.

OHV CONTROL OVERTURNED:  Deputy Regional Forester Gilbert Espinosa has
overturned the Stanislaus Forest Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) plan says an
alert from the Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center (CSERC).  It
took eight years for the Stanislaus National Forest to develop a "Motor
Vehicle Travel Plan" to control off-highway vehicle use, but the plan was
overturned in only two months due to pressure from snowmobile and motorcycle
groups.  OHV users can now go anywhere unless there are "closed" signs
posted and the decision opens up snowmobile use in areas supposedly set
aside to protect wildlife.  "It's always disappointing to see the Forest
Service take huge steps backwards when it takes them so long to take little
steps forward," said John Buckley, CSERC director.  "That's just not fair to
the public or wildlife."  For more information please contact CSERC at
209/586-7440 or cserc at

NW FOREST PLAN REVIEW:  High Country News has written an overview of
President Clinton's Northwest Forest Plan in the November 23 edition.  The
article covers the evolution of the plan including current problems in
ecosystem management, economics, and the ongoing controversy between
conservationists, timber companies and the government.  "Environmentalists
argue that too many trees are being logged across the region under the plan.
Under the Forest Plan, nearly a quarter of the Gifford Pinchot's remaining
roadless areas will be logged," said the article.  "There are now less
timber receipts to fund the Forest Service's other programs so each sale is
becoming more important to the agency," says Andy Stahl, executive director
of Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics.  "The pressure to get
out the volume is even more intense." 

FALL CREEK PROTEST:  Eight protestors sit in a tree village of Douglas firs
protesting the Clark Timber sale on Oregon's Willamette National Forest
reports Associated Press.  The protestors call themselves Red Cloud Thunder
and built the tree houses last April.  Dean Rimerman, one of the group's
founders, says they want to draw attention to a lack of adherence to the
Northwest Forest Plan as well as the belief that the public's opinion
matters.  "The Forest Service is unwilling to take into regard popular
opinion," Rimerman said.  "People don't want the ancient forests cut."

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