WAFC Forest Focus - January 8, 1998

Western Ancient Forest Campaign wafcdc at igc.apc.org
Thu Jan 8 20:13:01 EST 1998

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

FOREST FOCUS, the bulletin of the Western Ancient Forest
Campaign, January 8, 1998  To reach us call (202)879-3188, fax
(202)879-3189, or email WAFCDC at igc.apc.org

HEATING UP IN THE NORTH COUNTRY:  After protesters re-
affirmed their commitment to camping in opposition at the Little Alfie
timber sale on the Superior National Forest, local politicians and
loggers said they would organize a counter-rally.  "We've decided that, as a
group, we're going on the offensive," said pro-logging state Sen. Doug
Johnson.  "These extremist groups have been doing all the
offensive action," Johnson continued.  However, veiled threats failed to
faze logging protesters.  "What these guys consider extremism is really
mainstreamism," countered Ray Fenner of the Superior Wilderness Action
Network.  "Calling people who differ with them radicals or extremists is
getting old and the public is recognizing it," said Fenner.

TIMBER BETS PAY OFF:  The best investment in the 1990s, writes
John Lang of Scripps Howard News Service, is to put money on your
Member of Congress.  A study by Common Cause found the timber
industry lobby group, American Forest and Paper Association, and its
corporate members gave more than $8 million in political contributions
since 1991 and "have pocketed more than $100 million in discounts
from the federal government on timber they cut out of the public's
forests."  The 1998 budget approved by Congress not only preserves
road building subsidies but eliminates a $50 million cap on how much
the US Forest Service may give in timber credits to logging companies.
Common Cause president Ann McBridge says, "What happened to the road credit
program in 1997 was an outrageous demonstration of the power of big money on
public policy." 

California state forest inspectors recently yanked Pacific Lumber Co.'s (PL)
license to cut trees, saying its loggers had violated state rules designed
to protect streams, wildlife and soil too many times.  But PL will get it
back after agreeing to state officials demands that they meet higher
standards than any other logging company in the state writes the Sacramento
Bee's Nancy Vogel.  Losing the state license is "another black eye" for the
company that environmentalists have assailed for its efforts to log the
Headwaters forest.  "The rate of violations for Pacific Lumber is
substantially higher than for any other company of similar size," said
Gerald Ahlstrom, deputy chief of forest practice enforcement for the
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.  Pacific Lumber has
received 56 violations in the last three years - 11 occurred after a
Humboldt County municipal judge put the company on probation.  Pacific
Lumber received a conditional license for 1998 by agreeing to hire a
registered forester who will inspect each timber sale twice a month and
report to the state forestry department once a month.

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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