Western Ancient Forest Campaign wafcdc at
Mon Oct 18 10:26:35 EST 1999

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For Immediate Release: October 18, 1999

Contacts: Brian Vincent, California Organizer, American Lands Alliance,
Steve Holmer, Campaign Coordinator, American Lands Alliance, 202/547-9105

Say Forest Service Plan Threatens Forests, Wildlife, Violates Environmental Laws

Forest advocates filed an appeal today in hopes of blocking a federal plan
for aggressive logging in three Sierra Nevada National Forests.  In their
appeal the groups -- the American Lands Alliance, Center for
Biological Diversity, Forest Conservation Council, National Forest
Protection Alliance and the South Yuba River Citizens League -- charged that
the Forest Service's decision to dramatically escalate logging in the
Lassen, Plumas, and Sierraville district of the Tahoe National Forests
violates environmental laws and would harm forests, water quality, fish, and
wildlife and intensify fire risk to local communities.  The groups urged the
agency to scrap its logging proposal in favor of a plan that would protect
forest, fish, wildlife, and recreation values.

The logging scheme was written by the Quincy Library Group (QLG), so named
because its members met at a library in Quincy, California.  The QLG
produced a pro-logging bill that became law last year.  That legislation
directed the Forest Service to develop an action plan to carry out the QLG's
recommendations.  Last month, the agency announced it planned to more than
double logging from current levels across a swath north of Lake Tahoe larger
than Yellowstone National Park.

"The Quincy plan is the Ginsu knife of forest management," said Brian
Vincent of the American Lands Alliance.  "It's designed to slice and dice
our National Forests, carve up prime wildlife habitat, and cut out the heart
of the northern Sierra Nevada."

The agency's decision was denounced by local officials and conservationists,
as well as area business owners who fear the logging will hurt the region's
booming tourism economy.  The groups that challenged the decision said their
appeal was necessary to stop a project that would cause more economic harm
than good by destroying forest uses, like recreation and tourism, that are
far more valuable than timber.

"Each year, over 13 million visitors enjoy the wildlife, water, and scenery
of this area and generate enormous economic returns to local communities.
But, the Forest Service assumes that logging and roadbuilding enhance,
rather than destroy, the area's abundant recreation and tourism
opportunities," said John Talberth, Executive Director of the National
Forest Protection Alliance.

The groups' appeal claims the Forest Service decision skirts environmental
laws such as the National Forest Management, National Environmental Policy,
and Endangered Species Acts and would push imperiled species closer to
extinction, degrade forest and river ecosystems, and increase forest fire
risk to Sierra Nevada communities.

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