Forest Focus - September 21, 1998

Western Ancient Forest Campaign wafcdc at igc.apc.org
Mon Sep 21 17:27:33 EST 1998


From: American Lands <wafcdc at igc.apc.org>

FOREST FOCUS, the bulletin of American Lands, September 21, 1998 
To reach us call (202)879-3188, fax (202)879-3189, or email
wafcdc at igc.apc.org


PROTESTER DEATH:  On Thursday, September 19, activist David
Chain was killed when a tree felled by loggers hit another tree which
struck him, reports Reuters.  Chain was part of an Earth First! protest
near Grizzly Creek, Ca.  Videotape footage revealed the loggers
threatened the lives of the protesters only an hour before the tragedy. 
Earth First! says they have documented illegal logging in the area and
will not back down from their commitment to protect the old growth
redwood ecosystem.  

LIVESTOCK REMOVAL:  The New Mexico Bureau of Land
Management will remove livestock from more than 40 miles of stream
as a result of a settlement with Forest Guardians.  The agency also
agreed to complete riparian habitat management plans in four different
regions.  A May 1996 lawsuit filed by Forest Guardians against the
BLM addressing their failure to comply with the Endangered Species
Act prompted the agreement.  The riparian habitat management plans
are to be completed within two years and could provide additional
protection to those habitats not addressed in the settlement.

CHIP MILL OPPOSED:  A group of organizations in Laurens County,
South Carolina, led by the Dogwood Alliance, urged Governor David
Beasley to halt the permitting of a new chip mill.  Citizens expressed
concerns about the economic and environmental impact of the chip mill
and the clear-cutting which would feed the mill.  "It makes no sense to
permit yet another wood consuming industry when the forests in the
area are already being overcut," states Danna Smith, Director of the
Dogwood Alliance.  "We are concerned by the fact that chip mills are
proliferating in this biologically rich region promoting increased
unsustainable logging and increasing the pressure on already threatened
ecosystems," writes a team of Southeast scientists to the Environmental
Protection Agency.

OLD GROWTH STAYS: A new regulation prohibits the harvest of
trees over 30 inches in diameter in the Tahoe Basin, reports High
Country News.  The regulation, adopted by the Tahoe Regional
Planning Agency, applies to both green and standing trees and requires
the Forest Service to obtain a local permit to log in the basin.  The
planning agency says they are working to meet a shift in public values
from forest products to forest experiences.   

LAND SWAP CANCELED:  In a victory for conservationists, the
Forest Service has pulled the plug on the Spur Cross Land swap in
Arizona, reports the Arizona Republic.  The Forest Service was in
favor of saving Spur Cross Ranch where a housing development is
planned, "but not to the extent that a proposal requires carte blanche
commitment of large blocks of lands or assets."  The swap was meant
to preserve the ranch, while allowing developer John Lang to build on
national forest land near Scottsdale, but it evolved into a complex series
of land exchanges.  Concerns about the exchange included how the
state Land Department would be compensated and whether the trade
would skirt environmental laws.


The Western Ancient Forest Campaign is now American Lands, reflecting our
work with citizens nationwide to protect America's wildlife and wild places.


Steve Holmer
Campaign Coordinator

American Lands 
1025 Vermont Ave. NW  3rd Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005
202/879-3188
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