WAFC Forest Focus - January 15, 1998

Western Ancient Forest Campaign wafcdc at igc.apc.org
Thu Jan 15 11:12:05 EST 1998


From: Steve Holmer <wafcdc at igc.apc.org>
Subject: WAFC Forest Focus - January 15, 1998

FOREST FOCUS, the bulletin of the Western Ancient Forest
Campaign, January 15, 1998  To reach us call (202)879-3188, fax
(202)879-3189, or email WAFCDC at igc.apc.org


SAVING OUR FORESTS:  The Kansas City Star and Seattle Times
have both editorialized in favor of a roadbuilding moratorium with no
exemptions for the Pacific Northwest's forests or Tongass National
Forest.  "Exemptions would leave the public viewing this
Administration as once again falling short in protecting the nation's
forests," the Star said.  "There is nothing sacred about the recent
Tongass forest plan, which was drafted with an eye toward high
production levels, or the Pacific Northwest plans, covered by the so-
called spotted owl Option Nine," the Times wrote.  "Congress already
upset that agreement with the salvage logging rider."

SEN. WYDEN SUPPORTS INCLUDING OPTION 9 IN DIRECTIVE:   The Oregonian reports
that Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) has announced his support for including the
Pacific Northwest's forests in the roadbuilding moratorium.  Sen. Wyden
called Forest Service Chief Michael Dombeck to urge their inclusion.
However, Wyden also asked that any timber sales blocked by the directive
would have to be replaced by sales outside of roadless areas.  

NO TEMPORARY ROADS:  "I would like to reiterate by request that
the deferral apply to all timber sales and all roadbuilding in inventoried
roadless areas regardless of size," said Rep. James P. Moran (D-VA),
a member of the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee in a
letter to Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman.  "The construction of
temporary roads, or the reconstruction of old roads, adversely impacts
the forest and should not be considered as an acceptable alternative to
the construction of new permanent roads in roadless areas," the letter
continued.

FISHERMEN SUPPORT ROADLESS PROTECTION:  The Pacific
Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations (PCFFA) sent a letter to
Vice President Gore calling for an end to logging and roadbuilding on
all roadless areas 1,000 acres or larger.  "Fishing is an $111 billion per
year industry nationwide, but the health of our industry is largely
dependent upon the health of forest ecosystems now largely on federal
lands.  More than half of the commercial fishing industry, and almost
all of the recreational fishing industry, is dependent on the health of
watersheds, wetlands and estuaries which are directly or indirectly
affected by federal forest management, particularly on the west coast,"
said PCFFA's letter.

RURAL OPPORTUNITY:  The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Utah
mill owners are concerned about reduced logging levels under the
directive but conservationists have come to the opposite conclusion. 
"This roadless area protection for Utah's forests is going to protect
ecosystems and offer opportunities for rural communities," said Amelia
Jenkins of Wild Utah Forest Campaign.  Nine Utah roadless areas are
currently threatened by three proposed timber sales.  "Taking those
timber sales out of the roadless areas," she said, "would make the
timber sale more economically attractive to smaller lumber operations." 
Many Utah roadless sales are too large (or too expensive) for local
operators and are attracting bids from large out-of-state corporations.

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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