WAFC Forest Focus - January 29, 1998

Western Ancient Forest Campaign wafcdc at igc.apc.org
Thu Jan 29 17:51:05 EST 1998


From: Steve Holmer <wafcdc at igc.apc.org>
Subject: WAFC Forest Focus - January 29, 1998

FOREST FOCUS, the bulletin of the Western Ancient Forest
Campaign, January 29, 1998  To reach us call (202)879-3188, fax
(202)879-3189, or email WAFCDC at igc.apc.org


FOREST PLAN FALLS SHORT:  "The Clinton Administration has
taken a baby step toward protecting National Forest roadless areas, "
said a Jan. 27 Denver Post editorial.  "While a proposed new policy
puts the public land management on the right path, these rare parcels
deserve something bolder: a new stewardship direction with ecological
balance and fiscal common sense as top priorities."  The editorial
criticized exemptions in the moratorium affecting more than one million
acres in Colorado which will allow half of the proposed roadless timber
sales in that state to proceed.  "In addition, the policy does not address
the thorny question of how much taxpayers will be asked to subsidize
building new roads into these areas if logging is allowed to proceed,"
said the Post.

ECOSYSTEM MANAGEMENT RUN AMOK:  Two Montana-based
conservation groups, American Wildlands and Native Ecosystems
Council filed a complaint in Federal Court Jan. 7 to stop a ten year
logging proposal by the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.  The
Tobacco Roots Vegetation Management Project would log on over
5,600 acres of forest land, burn over 12,000 acres of land and construct
approximately 38 miles of road.  "The Forest Service claims this
project will improve elk, wolf, grizzly bear and westslope cutthroat
trout habitat.  We disagree.  Such extensive activity in an area already
heavily impacted by roads and other resource extraction activities will
not help wildlife habitat," said Judi Brawer for American Wildlands. 
For more information, please contact American Wildlands at 406/586-
8175.

FORK IN THE HEADWATERS:  A Jan. 7, Sacramento Bee editorial
raised serious concerns about the Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) for
Pacific Lumber Company and the Administration's "No Surprises"
policy that can lock-in the HCP's for up to a hundred years.  "[HCPs]
have few successes to speak of, particularly in restoring fish
populations.  It is questionable that the smartest of today's wildlife
biologists could devise restoration plans that would pass scientific
scrutiny a decade from now, much less a century," said the Bee.  "In
the case of Pacific Lumber, what is most controversial is whether
thousands of acres of old-growth redwoods outside the Headwaters, in
groves known as the Lesser Cathedrals, can be clearcut without
endangering a bird dependent on the old trees, the marble murrelet. 
Pacific Lumber says yes.  Federal scientists say no."

ARIZONA APPEAL VICTORY:  The Forest Service' Southwest
regional headquarters has affirmed the Southwest Center for Biological
Diversity's appeal of the Scott Timber Sale on the Kaibab National
Forest.  The Center argued that the plan to log 5,000 acres on the south
side of the Grand Canyon was illegal because the Forest refused to
even consider an alternative approach that protects all old growth and
large trees.  The agency claimed it must cut the large trees because
they contain dwarf mistletoe.  But mistletoe provides important habitat
and food for a large array of species including songbirds and the largest
mistletoe infected trees are the most ecologically valuable, SW Center
says.  

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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