LANDSCOPE: Conservation Groups Appeal I-90 Land Trade

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From: "wafcdc at americanlands.org" <wafcdc at americanlands.org>
Subject: LANDSCOPE: Conservation Groups Appeal I-90 Land Trade

LANDSCOPE, News and Views from American Lands - September 17, 1999

Conservation Groups Appeal I-90 Land Trade

Five groups have appealed the I-90 Land Exchange citing numerous violations
of federal law, irreparable destruction of rare ecosystems, and potential
harm to the local community of Randle, Washington.   The groups, including
the Gifford Pinchot Task Force, Northwest Ecosystem Alliance, Pacific Crest
Biodiversity Project, National Audubon Society and Western Land Exchange
Project, are requesting that publicly owned parcels in the Green River
Watershed and Gifford Pinchot National Forest be dropped from the exchange. 

. . . "We simply cannot support an exchange that sacrifices rare, low
elevation old-growth forest," said Dave Werntz of Northwest Ecosystem
Alliance.  "Both parcels in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest contain
trees that are over four centuries old - some of the oldest trees left in
all of Southwest Washington."  American Lands and other groups have called
for a moratorium on land exchanges pending reforms including improved public
notification and involvement; release of all appraisal data to the public; a
ban on the trade of all old-growth forests; and a prohibition on any net
increase to the public in logging road miles.

Oregon Members of Congress Write Replacement Volume Letter: In response to
requests from constituents, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Reps. Peter DeFazio
(D-OR), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Darlene Hooley (D-OR) and David Wu (D-OR)
have sent a letter to the Chief of the Forest Service Mike Dombeck
concerning replacement volume timber sales in Oregon.  "Why is the Forest
Service offering old growth stands of timber in the Cascades as replacement
for second growth sales in the Coast Range that have been canceled due to
the presence of the endangered Marbled murrelet when there is second growth
available in the Cascades?" asks the letter.  The lawmakers said the Forest
Service should target the ecologically less significant second growth for
the replacement volume.   For more information contact George Sexton of
American Lands at 541/349-9660 or mailto:wafc at teleport.com 

Big Cypress National Preserve Draft ORV Plan Available For Public Comment:
The National Park Service has released the draft ORV Management Plan and
Supplemental EIS for Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida.  An action
alert from Florida Biodiversity Project available at
http://www.americanlands.org/forestweb/cypalt.htm describes the Preserve as
a national treasure that is home to 34 endangered, threatened and protected
species including the Florida Panther.  The National Park Service currently
allows widespread use of ORV's and the draft management plan is "grossly
inadequate" to halt the destruction says the alert.  Public comments, due
November 12th, are critical in the effort to attain the strongest possible
resource protection.  For more information call Florida Biodiversity
Project, 854/922-5828 or mailto:rscherf350 at aol.com

Report Highlights Subsidies for Grazing in the Southwest: The Center for
Biological Diversity and New West Research have published a report which
focuses on the many tax breaks and subsidies for public lands ranchers in
Arizona and New Mexico.  A release from the Center says that more than 60
million acres of federal and state lands are grazed and severely degraded by
cattle in the two states.  The report is available on The Center's website
at http://www.sw-center.org/swcbd/grazing/taxguide.html


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