Conservationists Call for New US Policy to End Old Growth Logging

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From: "wafcdc at americanlands.org" <wafcdc at americanlands.org>
Subject: Conservationists Call for New US Policy to End Old Growth  Logging  Here and Around the World

For Immediate Release: April 13, 2000

Conservationists Call for New US Policy to End Old Growth Logging 
Here and Around the World

Forest activists from the Pacific Northwest and around the world marched to
the White House today calling on the Clinton Administration to end old
growth logging in US forests and to promote forest protection in trade
agreements, the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, and in the actions of
international lending organizations like the World Bank and International
Monetary Fund (IMF).

"With less than 5% of the Ancient Forests remaining in the US, the time to
end old growth logging is now," said Randi Spivak, President of American
Lands.  "The clean water, fish and wildife habitat and quality recreation
experiences provided by old growth forests far outweigh their value cut down."

"The US continues to ignore the impacts of trade agreements and the
unsustainable development promoted by the IMF and World Bank," said Antonia
Juhasz.  "We need an international trade and development policy that
protects forests here and overseas, not one that promotes more logging
regardless of the consequences."

"Over 100 conservation, hunting, fishing, and faith groups have called for
preserving old growth in order to reduce global warming." said American
Lands Climate Coordinator Aaron Rappaport.  "But so far, the Clinton
administration has opposed including forest protection and environmental
standards as part of its climate change policy."

"Chilean tourism and salmon industries are threatened by old growth logging
proposed by US timber corporation Boise Cascade, expanding to the south
under 'free trade' rules," said Pat Rasmussen, Forest-Americas coordinator
of American Lands.  "In Mexico, NAFTA liberalization opened old growth
forests to logging by Boise Cascade."

Activists gathered at Forest Service Headquarters and unfurled a 200-foot
long banner depicting an old growth tree that has been logged.  After
several "stump" speeches, activists marched to the White House where
activists called on Vice President Al Gore to support ending old growth logging.

"As long as old growth falls in the Pacific Northwest, public controversy
will forever plague the Northwest Forest Plan," said Doug Heiken with Oregon
Natural Resources Council.  "Jobs are a big concern.  But the answer doesn't
lie in liquidating old growth forests, it lies in restoring the landscape
that can provide family wage jobs and sustain forest dependent communities."

Public opinion polls show that the majority of Americans want greater
protection for National Forests and believe that logging the last remaining
ancient forests on public lands is unacceptable and unnecessary.  In
addition, the market demand for old growth is diminishing.  "Major
corporations including Home Depot, the world's largest lumber retailer, and
Kinkos have pledged to stop using old growth in their products. If corporate
America can move away from old growth, why can't the federal government?"
asks Spivak. 

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