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FOREST FOCUS, the bulletin of American Lands, November 30, 1998 
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COUNTY COMMISSIONERS CALL FOR DECOUPLING:  County
commissioners are getting behind an idea that will aide both National
Forests and the counties where they are located.  In an opinion editorial
in The Oregonian November 18, Oregon's Lane County commissioner
Peter Sorenson calls for separating county payments from timber
harvest receipts.   Sorenson is one of a growing number of County
commissioners to endorse ending timber counties  dependence on
timber cutting for needed county revenue.  A Forest Service proposal
would stabilize payments to states and counties with National Forests
regardless of the timber volume cut, while a bill introduced in July by
Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) would allow counties to choose between
guaranteed payments or receiving a portion of timber revenues.  Both
measures, writes Sorenson, are likely to reduce logging pressure in
timber-dependent counties.  "It is inappropriate to link county revenues
to the harvest of trees on our federal forests," added Patsy Miller,
Benton (OR) County Commissioner.  "Such a financial incentive often
influences counties to support unsustainable forest management
practices."

WOLF REINTRODUCTION THREATENED:  Only two of the initial
11 Mexican gray wolves reintroduced into the Arizona are left and
none are roaming free, reports Associated Press.  The two remaining
wolves were recently captured and matched with female wolves in
pens.  Since the reintroduction in January, four other wolves were shot
to death, one was found dead last Monday, three had to be recaptured
and one is missing and presumed dead.  Federal officials are looking
for those responsible in the shootings and are offering a reward for
information leading to a conviction.  The government has put up
$10,000 and conservation groups, including Defenders of Wildlife,
have added another $25,000 to that figure.  Supporters of
reintroduction say the program is working.  "The wolves have adjusted
well to the wild and even produced pups on their own.  All the
problems that have come up so far are human caused," said Craig
Miller, Southwest representative for Defenders of Wildlife.  "Wolves
and humans and wolves and livestock can and will coexist.  All that
needs to happen is people not shoot them."

LOGGING, ROADBUILDING SUSPENDED IN VERMONT:  In
response to a recent appeal of a timber sale by Vermont's Forest
Watch, the Forest Service announced last week a suspension of all
future logging and roadbuilding activities on the 350,000 acre Green
Mountain National Forest.  On November 20, just 2 weeks after Forest
Watch filed its appeal of the 700,000 board foot Old Joe timber sale,
the Forest Service withdrew the sale, citing the need to protect the
migratory Indiana bat.  The temporary moratorium will be in effect
until the agency completes a biological assessment  of the needs of the
endangered bat.  A similar halt to logging may soon be imposed on the
White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire.  For more
information, contact Jim Northup, Forest Watch at 802/223-3216,
jnorthup at together.net.

WARD VALLEY SIGN-ON:  The Save Ward Valley group is
compiling a letter to California's Governor-elect Gray Davis asking him
to stop the proposed Ward Valley nuclear waste dump.  The dump
threatens water contamination for over 22 million people, destroys
critical habitat for the desert tortoise and economic analyses show that
the dump would be financially unviable.  If you would like to support
this letter, please sign-on by December 5.  Please contact Save Ward
Valley at swvl at ctaz.com or 760/326-6267 for a copy of the letter or to
sign on.


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