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Thu Oct 22 14:36:45 EST 1998


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>> CHRISTIAN ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL
>> PO Box 7536; Boulder, CO  80306-7536
>>
>> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
>>
>> OCTOBER 13, 1998
>> CONTACT:          ANN ALEXANDER     (973) 353-5695
>>                AMY HANSON     (626) 793-0754
>>
>>
>> CHRISTIAN LEADERS URGE END TO
>> FEDERAL LOGGING PROGRAM
>>
>>
>> The Christian Environmental Council (C.E.C.), a broad national
>> inter-denominational coalition of Christian leaders which firmly adheres
to a
>> Biblical approach to creation care, released a resolution today calling
for
>> the "end of all commercial logging on U.S. National Forests," and an end
to
>> all logging of old-growth forests in the U.S.  The resolution also calls
for
>> redirecting the monies currently going to the U.S. Forest Service's
timber
>> commodity program and using them to benefit logging communities and to
fund
>> forest restoration.  During a C.E.C. annual meeting held in Paradise
Valley,
>> Arizona on October 2nd-4th the Council voted unanimously for this
resolution.
>>
>> "Our Scriptures clearly teach that forests are a place where God is
present,
>> and cares and provides for his creatures who inhabit them," said Ann
>> Alexander, Chair of the Christian Environmental Council.  "Paying timber
>> companies nearly a billion dollars every year to needlessly decimate
these
>> irreplaceable forests, which God created and loves, is to commit a sin of
>> greed and waste."  She added.
>>
>> The C.E.C.'s purpose is to provide support to leaders in the Christian
>> community who address environmental issues.  It also serves as a forum
for
>> joint action and expression of the leaders' common views concerning these
>> issues.  The Council meets once a year to address threats to the
integrity of
>> creation, and to people who are harmed by environmental degradation.
This
>> year the members chose the Forest Ecosystems of the United States upon
which
>> to focus their concern with prayer and action.  Through their Resolution,
the
>> Council members affirm that "forest ecosystems are an integral component
of
>> God's good creation, wholly having intrinsic value because they were
created
>> by and for Jesus Christ." (Colossians 1:15-20. Ephesians 4:6).  The
forest
>> protection measures called for by C.E.C. are necessary to retain forest
>> ecosystem remnants and restore the forests as God made them.
>>
>> Gordon Aeschilman, President of Target Earth, stated, "The resolution by
the
>> Christian Environmental Council calling for an end to all old-growth
logging
>> and the commercial logging of National Forests in the USA is a completely
>> right-headed decision for our country and future generations.  Christians
>> shouldn't aim for anything less in their commitment to serve God's
creation
>> and protect the people of the next century."  Amy Hanson, Co-Director of
>> Christians Caring for Creation, observed, "This strong resolution on
forest
>> protection is the latest example of a growing movement within the
religious
>> community.  Christians of all denominations are now speaking out against
the
>> appalling timber sales program on our National Forests."
>>
>> She also referred to the U.S. Forest Service's annual report which stated
that
>> they logged nearly one half of a million acres on our National Forests in
1997
>> alone.   In addition, according to the Congressional Research Service,
the
>> timber sales program operated at a net loss of  $791 million to taxpayers
in
>> 1996, while providing only 3.9% of this nation's total annual wood
supply.
>>
>> The Christian Environmental Council Resolution on Forest Ecosystems
>>
>>    WE AFFIRM that Scripture declares, "The earth is the LORD's and
>everything in
>> it," (Psalm 24:1)  AND
>>
>>    WE AFFIRM that "the LORD God had made all kinds of trees grow out of
the
>> ground - trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food," (Genesis
2:9)
>> AND
>>
>>    WE AFFIRM that God created and intended that "all the trees of the
forest
>> will sing for joy," (Psalm 96:13) AND "all the trees of the field will
clap
>> their hands."  (Isaiah 55:12)
>>
>>      FURTHERMORE, we affirm that forest ecosystems are an integral
component
>> of God's good creation, wholly having intrinsic value because they were
>> created by and for Jesus Christ, and have been reconciled through Him
>> (Colossians 1:15-20, Ephesians 4:6).
>>
>>      WHEREAS old growth forest ecosystems are a declining remnant of the
earth
>> as God created it,       AND
>>
>>    WHEREAS large and integrated forest ecosystems provide a critical
>habitat for
>> many of God's threatened and endangered species,     AND
>>
>>    WHEREAS forest ecosystems play an ecologically crucial role in
>mitigating the
>> increasing levels of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions,    AND
>>
>>    WHEREAS the purposes of National Forests to provide quality water
supplies
>> and recreation opportunities have been largely overlooked in recent years
in
>> favor of maximizing commercial timber harvest,           AND
>>
>>    WHEREAS the livelihoods of people in certain communities have
historically
>> depended on government subsidized logging,     AND
>>
>>    WHEREAS we as Christians affirm simple living, the virtue of
frugality, and
>> living as good stewards of God's provision in creation; and affirm that
our
>> biblical responsibility to love our neighbors as ourselves extends not
only to
>> our neighbors living today, but to our neighbors throughout time, because
>> Christ's redemption extends throughout time (Matthew 22:39, Psalm 15:3,
>> Proverbs 13:22, & Romans 8:21),
>>
>>    WE ENCOURAGE all Christians to support and advocate the conservation
of
>> remaining forest ecosystems as natural communities, created by and
pleasing to
>> God,  rather than using forest ecosystems solely for their potential as
>> economic capital.
>>
>>    THEREFORE, let it be resolved that we encourage, support, and advocate
the
>> end of all old-growth logging of God's forest ecosystems in the United
States
>> to ensure protection of this ancient remnant of God's creation.
>>
>>    THEREFORE, let it be further resolved that we encourage, support, and
>> advocate the end of all commercial logging on U.S. National Forests, as
>> carried out under the U.S. Forest Service's timber commodity program and
the
>> redirection or appropriation of  monies to benefit communities dependent
on
>> timber harvesting and to fund forest restoration.
>>
>> Passed on this 4th day of October 1998 by the Christian Environmental
Council
>>
>> Ann Alexander, Chair          Stan LeQuire, Secretary
>>
>> END





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