WAFC Forest Focus - January 14, 1998

Western Ancient Forest Campaign wafcdc at igc.apc.org
Wed Jan 14 11:23:32 EST 1998


From: Steve Holmer <wafcdc at igc.apc.org>
Subject: WAFC Forest Focus - January 14, 1998

FOREST FOCUS, the bulletin of the Western Ancient Forest
Campaign, January 14, 1998  To reach us call (202)879-3188, fax
(202)879-3189, or email WAFCDC at igc.apc.org


ENORMOUS TOLL OF LOGGING ROADS:  A Dec. 29 San
Francisco Examiner editorial calls for "a moratorium on road
construction and logging in roadless areas of 1,000 acres or more until
the government makes a science-based assessment of its policies. 
These undisturbed areas provide critical habitat to wildlife, yet the
Forest Service has been allowing timber companies to keep rolling into
new terrain - while reaping public subsidies for doing so."  

TOO MANY ROADS:  The Administration's policy review on roadless
areas is also weighing what the Forest Service should do with its
present road system reports a Jan. 5 Scripps Howard article by Joan
Lowy.  "It's a transportation system that far exceeds our needs," said
Jim Lyons, Agriculture Undersecretary for Natural Resources, adding
that there is a "road maintenance backlog in the billions of dollars." 
Lyons indicated the Administration is considering limiting spending the
funds that Congress appropriates for roadbuilding to maintenance,
upgrading existing roads (reconstruction) and returning unneeded roads
to their natural condition.

TIMBER INDUSTRY CALLS FOR PUBLIC REVIEW:  In an abrupt
change of course, the American Forest and Paper Association
(AF&PA) said in regard to the upcoming roadless directive, "We think
the Administration should include public input in any process they go
through to make a decision...consistent with current environmental
laws," Scripps-Howard reports.  This is contrary to the timber
industry's active support for the Salvage Logging Rider which
suspended environmental laws and the public's right to a legal review
of timber sales.  This statement also raises questions about the
AF&PA's support for both the Smith Forest Health legislation H.R.
2515 and the Craig Forest Management bill S. 1253 - both of which
severely curtail environmental and public review.

THREATS TO ROADLESS AREAS CONTINUE:  The Jammin
Timber Sale on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest would log over 200
acres of Ancient Forest in the 3,000 acre Little Huckleberry Mountain
Roadless Area.  The scientific community has concluded that roadless
areas smaller than 5,000 acres are important "reservoirs of ecological
diversity and benchmarks for restoring ecological health," where
logging and roadbuilding should be prohibited.  "In allowing the
Jammin sale to move forward, the Forest Service is ignoring the best
available scientific information and violating the public's trust," states a
letter from over thirty conservation groups to Agriculture Secretary
Dan Glickman.  The letter called for a halt to the Jammin sale.

ROAD CLOSURES ADVISED:  The Mt. Hood National Forest has
proposed to close three-quarters, or 105 miles of the 144 miles of
logging roads in the Fish Creek watershed.  The Oregonian reports the
plan comes after 236 landslides in the area which studies show were
related to logging roads and logging which has removed 41 percent of
the watershed's old growth trees.   

Steve Holmer
Campaign Coordinator

Western Ancient Forest Campaign
1025 Vermont Ave. NW  3rd Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005
202/879-3188
202/879-3189 fax
wafcdc at igc.org




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