Hill Letter Opposes Plan For Sequoia ORV Playground

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From: "wafcdc at americanlands.org" <wafcdc at americanlands.org>
Subject: Hill Letter Opposes Plan For Sequoia ORV Playground

LANDSCOPE, News and views from American Lands - February 18, 1999

Hill Letter Opposes Plan For Sequoia ORV Playground

	Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) is circulating a sign-on letter for Members of
Congress to Forest Service Chief Michael Dombeck that criticizes the
recently released Sequoia National Forest trail plan.  The plan authorizes
construction of 290 miles of new off road vehicle routes, including 10 miles
of trails in roadless areas, 260 miles along sensitive streams, and several
miles which would affect groves of Sequoias.  The plan will lead to the
re-designation of more than 5,000 acres of one roadless area from
non-motorized to motorized.  

. . . The proposed Sequoia NF trail plan is another example of
out-of-control recreational development on the National Forests and the
agency's failure to properly manage off road vehicle use.  Rep. Stark's
letter is an important opportunity to raise our concerns about the
recreation program and its environmental impact.  

THREATS:  The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
of Austria released a report stating that both the U.S. and Canada have
grossly overestimated the amount of timber they can safely harvest without
damaging forests.  The report contradicts a recent prediction by Canada's
Forestry Service that logging could be safely increased 40 percent by 2040.
Sten Nillson of the IIASA said that the U.S. and Canada "are urging other
countries to manage their forests in a sustainable way, but they do not have
their own house in order."  The report can be found at

David Pimentel, Cornell University ecologist recently released a study
estimating that non-native plants and animals are costing the U.S. about
$123 billion a year.  Weeds like purple loosestrife cost $35.5 billion a
year, insects cost $20 billion, and disease-causing organisms cost about
$6.5 billion, the study says.  Pimentel states that non-native species are
responsible for more than 40% of the species on the threatened or endangered
list.  For more information see the Forest Conservation Archives website:

RESOURCE: The Southern Appalachian Biodiversity Project (SABP) has embarked
on a campaign to preserve the once-mighty American chestnut.  The chestnut,
historically a major part of local economies in the Southern Appalachians,
has been virtually eliminated from its home range by a non-native fungus.
By sending $2 per tree, you can adopt American Chestnut seedlings to be
planted at the Sugar Creek Botanical Preserve and monitor their progress and
rate of survival.  This research is designed to develop a fungus resistant
strain of Chestnut.   For more information, contact SABP at
mailto:SABP at main.nc.us or call 828/258-2667.

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