WAFC Forest Focus - February 17, 1998

Western Ancient Forest Campaign wafcdc at igc.apc.org
Tue Feb 17 19:31:26 EST 1998

From: Steve Holmer <wafcdc at igc.apc.org>
Subject: WAFC Forest Focus - February 17, 1998

FOREST FOCUS, the bulletin of the Western Ancient Forest
Campaign, February 17, 1998  To reach us call (202)879-3188, fax
(202)879-3189, or email WAFCDC at igc.apc.org

LYNX LISTING:  A six year legal battle has finally yielded protection
for the lynx, a boreal forest cat threatened by loss of habitat caused by
logging and roadbuilding.  The lynx listing is another example of Sec.
Babbitt's failure to enforce the Endangered Species Act.  Agency
scientists concluded the lynx deserved listing, but were then overruled. 
Only the threat of further legal action prompted Sec. Babbitt to finally
take action.

ESA SCANDAL:  Author Susan Zakin wrote an op-ed in the Arizona
Daily Star blasting Sec. Babbitt's failure to enforce the ESA.  "Across
the country, the administration is trying to resolve endangered species
conflicts by making compromises that are not only of questionable
legality, but also don't work.  Relying on compromises, including deals
with developers and timber corporations known as Habitat Conservation
Plans (HCPs), often results in the significant loss of habitat with little
assurance that species will be saved," said Zakin.

MALFEASANCE:  Forest Monitor Mike Petersen reports that the
Malheur National Forest in Oregon is preparing a Supplemental EIS for
the Summit Fire Salvage Project that was previously withdrawn due to
conservationist appeals.  The agency is asking the Washington Office
for a special shortened appeal period and for permission to begin the
project before the appeal period is ended. 

CHIP MILL DENIED:  The Russellville City Council denied
Weyerhaeuser a business license for the chip mill they had proposed
(and begun) to build on the Arkansas River reports the Arkansas
Watershed Alliance.  The vote was 5 to 3 to deny the necessary
operating permit, reaffirming the decision of the city planning
commission, based on citizens concerns regarding traffic, noise, and
impacts to tourism in the region.  

LAW CONFERENCE:  The Public Interest Law Conference is March
5-8 at the University of Oregon in Eugene.  This year's theme is
"Activists and Advocates Demanding Accountability."  See a schedule
of panels, speakers and workshops at http://www.pielc.uoregon.edu or
contact  Joe Serres, joeserr at law.uoregon.edu for more information.

NEW WEST HERE TO STAY:  "The agency is returning to its roots
as a restorer and protector of land," claimed Michael Dombeck, Chief
of the Forest Service at the Andrus Center's forum on the future of
public lands held in Boise Feb. 11.  More than 74 percent of the jobs
tied to the National Forests are in the recreation industry, compared to
just 3 percent for logging, according to the Forest Service, said a The
New York Times article about the forum.  "The New West of wolves
and wilderness protection is here to stay," the Times concluded.

Steve Holmer
Campaign Coordinator

Western Ancient Forest Campaign
1025 Vermont Ave. NW  3rd Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005
202/879-3189 fax
wafcdc at igc.org

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