Forest Focus - November 16, 1998

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FOREST FOCUS, the bulletin of American Lands, November 16, 1998 
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REMINDERS:  The comment deadline on the Headwaters HCP
Agreement is today and the comment deadline on listing the lynx is
tomorrow.

LAMB BROOK ACCESS DENIED:  Vermont's Lamb Brook area of
the Green Mountain National Forest has been spared from immediate
logging and road construction.  The environmental community won an
injunction because the Forest Service's Environmental Assesment was
determined to be "arbitrary and capricious."  However, the battle to
keep the Lamb Brook wild is not over.  The Forest Service is
continuing its Environmental Impact Statement with the goal of
extensive roadbuilding and timber harvests in this critical habitat for
black bears and neo-tropical songbirds.  For more information please
contact the Native Forest Network at 802/863-0571 or
nfnena at sover.net

DAM REMOVAL:  The Clinton administration and environmentalists
agree that it is time to remove some dams in the Pacific Northwest to
meet the needs of endangered salmon, but they must overcome Sen.
Slade Gorton's (R-WA) opposition, reports Associated Press.  The
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ordered the Edwards Dam in
Maine removed under a law requiring that energy needs be assessed in
comparison to environmental protection.  Gorton fears a similar fate of
dams in the Northwest and has stalled dam removal by withholding
funds in the House Interior Appropriations subcommitte for the Elwha
Dam removal.  "What he's done is basically try to hold the Elwha Dam
issue hostage," said Shawn Cantrell of Friends of the Earth.  Scientists
and federal officials believe that the removal of some dams is essential
to restore endangered salmon stocks.

BAT STALLS LOGGING:  Logging in Ohio's Wayne National Forest
has been stalled because of the discovery of the endangered Indiana bat,
reports Associated Press.  Environmental challenges to the Wayne
National Forest Plan have put plans for two timber sales on hold for
the past two years, but a recent Supreme Court decision upheld the
right to log these sales, saying that opponents had to wait until a
specific timber sale was proposed.  The Buckeye Forest Council and
Heartwood have said they will sue if the Forest Service does not find a
way protect the Indiana Bat.

SIERRA TASK FORCE:  Environmental groups have joined forces to
create the Ancient Forest Task Force in response to the Quincy
Logging Rider passed by Congress. The coalition will try to prevent
permanent damage to the 2.5 million acres of public forest lands in the
Plumas, Lassen, and Tahoe National Forests targeted for logging.  "We
still have opportunities to stop this train wreck," said Scott Hoffman
Black of trhe Sierra Nevada Forest Protection Campaign.  "We can still
prevent the environmental damage and 70 million dollar taxpayer
giveaway to Sierra Pacific Industries through the current environmental
review process, through the courts, and if necessary, timber sale by
timber sale."  For more information please contact Evelyn Stivers at
916/442-3155 x216 or sierra_campaign at friendsoftheriver.org
  


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