HOME DEPOT SHAREHOLDERS PROTEST LOGGING OLD GROWTH

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From: "wafcdc at americanlands.org" <wafcdc at americanlands.org>
Subject: HOME DEPOT SHAREHOLDERS PROTEST LOGGING OLD GROWTH  

LANDSCOPE, News and Views from American Lands - June 1, 1999

HOME DEPOT SHAREHOLDERS PROTEST LOGGING OLD GROWTH 

"Home Depot is selling away our nation by the board foot," said Chief
Qwatsinas of the Naxalk Native American tribe from British Columbia, Canada
in a press release at the annual Home Depot Shareholders meeting in Atlanta
on Wednesday.  Home Depot denied Qwatsinas the chance to address
shareholders, saying that he was not a legitimate spokesman for the tribe,
wrote The Wall Street Journal.  Despite this, 11.7% of voting shares favored
a resolution to end the sale of old-growth wood by Home Depot.  Meanwhile in
British Columbia, Greenpeace activists covered a recent clearcut with a
10,000-square-foot mock Home Depot logo, reported The Atlanta Constitution
and Journal.

. . .While shareholders questioned Home Depot's business practices, the
company's suppliers continued to clearcut thousand-year-old trees in British
Columbia, destroying the largest unprotected ancient temperate rainforest in
the world.  Please fax a letter to Authur Blank, Home Depot CEO,
770/384-2337, and urge Home Depot to stop selling old growth wood products.  

Falsified Forest Data Discovered: The Clearwater National Forest plans
timber sales using false information on remaining old growth forests
according to a study by conservationists.  The study found that only 8.5% of
the forest remains in an old growth condition, less than the 10% minimum
requirement established by the Clearwater Forest Plan.  An analysis
conducted by Amy Haak, a geographic information system mapping specialist,
shows Clearwater's claims of old growth are not supported by aerial
photographs or their own forest inventory data.  Comparisons between
Clearwater maps and the photographs show harvested units, bare rock,
saplings, and roads are present in areas the Forest Service claims to be old
growth.  For more information contact Larry McLaud at 208/882-1010 or Laird
Lucas 208/342-7024.

New Plan Proposes Ban on Logging in Watershed: Under a new plan proposed by
Seattle Mayor Paul Schell, every tree in the 90,546-acre Cedar River
Watershed would be protected by becoming part of an ecological reserve
reports the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.  The Watershed is home to old-growth
trees, loons, bald eagles, spotted owls, and threatened salmon in addition
to being the primary water source for Seattle and its suburbs.  The habitat
proposal would guarantee more in-stream flow for fish, add fish hatchery
production, and restore damaged habitat in the city's part of the watershed
and beyond.  "This means for the first time in history, we will put fish
first," said Schell. 

Logging Rules Fail to Protect Water:  U.S. Forest Service geologist Leslie
Reid, in research not endorsed by her agency, accuses the California
Department of Forestry of lax enforcement of the Forest Practices Act, the
principal state law governing logging.  She claims the CDF has allowed
widespread tree cutting resulting in mud slides, damaged water supplies, the
endangerment of fish and wildlife.  "Timber Harvest Plans do not accurately
examine the long-term impact of human activity, namely logging," said Reid. 


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