Forest Focus - December 15, 1998

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FOREST FOCUS - Bulletin of American Lands - December 15, 1998
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WILDERNESS LOSES A FRIEND:  The environment lost a friend and leader on
Saturday with the death of former Arizona Democrat Morris K. Udall.  The
witty and charasmatic Udall served in the House from 1961 to 1991.  In 1976,
he led efforts to pass legislation that designated 8 million acres through
20 states as federal wilderness areas.  As chair of the Committee on
Interior and Insular Affairs, he won passage of important strip mining,
nuclear waste, and Alaska lands protection legislation.  Throughout the
1980's Udall led efforts to halt the anti-environmental efforts of Interior
Secretary James Watt.  "The legacy he left is imposing and enduring," wrote
David Broder of The Washington Post.  The Udall legacy will continue with
the election of his son, Mark Udall (D-CO), and nephew, Tom Udall, (D-NM) to
the House last month.

SIERRA NEVADA PROTEST: Conservationists will be protesting outside the
office of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Dec. 16 at noon to raise concerns
about the Quincy Library bill, says a release from Range of Light Ecological
Defense.  The Forest Service has notified the public of the beginning of its
planning to implement the Quincy Library Group bill. "We will deliver a list
of scientific, economic and political concerns about the Quincy bill," said
Range of Light.  "These are all the good reasons why Sen. Feinstein should
have opposed the bill instead of attaching it to the Omnibus bill as a rider."

FOREST GROUPS HALT SALE IN WYOMING:  Environmental groups in Wyoming scored
a major victory last month by halting a timber sale in the Bridger-Teton
National Forest, reports Greenwire.  Nine environmental groups appealed the
sale, citing the need for more study on the sale's impact on wildlife
habitat and water quality.  Deputy Regional Forester Jack Troyer agreed with
the appeal, admitting that a Forest Service study intended to analyze
impacts of the sale inadvertently failed to determine the impact on fish
species.  The sale, located in the Greys River area, would have allowed
clearcutting in 460 of the 990 acres included in the deal.

LAWSUIT FILED ON SOFTWOOD LUMBER AGREEMENT:  Four environmental groups filed
suit against three federal agencies last week claiming that a US-Canadian
trade agreement  circumvents the National Environmental Policy Act and the
Endangered Species Act.  The lawsuit, brought by Earthjustice Legal Defense
Fund on behalf of the four groups, would require the U.S Trade
Representative, Departments of Commerce and Interior to apply NEPA and ESA
to the 1996 Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA) with Canada.  The SLA allows
Canada to export to the U.S. nearly 15 billion board feet of British
Columbia lumber duty-free.  The groups, pointing to evidence of  the
devastating impact of Canadian overcutting on transboundary ecosystems,
raise concerns that additional exports will increase harm to dependent
wildlife.  "The United States is importing cheap lumber but exporting
extinction," said Joe Scott, Conservation Director of Northwest Ecosystem
Alliance.  For more information, contact Bill Snape, Defenders of Wildlife,
202/682-9400 x232.

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