MISSOURI PLACES MORATORIUM ON NEW CHIP MILLS

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Subject: MISSOURI PLACES MORATORIUM ON NEW CHIP MILLS  

LANDSCOPE: News and Views from American Lands - April 25, 2000

MISSOURI PLACES MORATORIUM ON NEW CHIP MILLS 

The State of Missouri has declared a two-year moratorium on all new chip
mill permits.  Citizens are hopeful that the announcement will encourage
Vice President Al Gore to weigh in at the federal level and call for a
regional moratorium on new chip mill permits throughout the south.  "The
Vice President should act to protect not only the South's environment, but
also our local economies from industrial clearcut logging," said sawmill
owner Bob Walker.  Since 1985, over 120 chip mills have opened in the
Southeast, logging an estimated 1.2 million acres a year with virtually no
regulation.  Missouri is one of three states undertaking its own chip mill
study to be completed this summer.  A two-year, multi-agency federal study
is currently underway to assess forest sustainability in 13 states
throughout the southeast.  

. . . In 1992 as a US Senator, Vice President Al Gore was instrumental in
the denial of permits for two chip mills along the Tennessee River.  We urge
the Vice President to again help halt this growing threat by supporting a
regional moratorium on new chip mills.  For more information please contact
Trevor Fitzgibbon, mailto:sefp at hotmail.com 


REPORT SHOWS LIVESTOCK ARE A MAJOR CAUSE OF WEED INVASIONS 

The Oregon Natural Desert Association has released a report demonstrating
that cattle and sheep grazing is one of the major causes of exploding
populations of introduced weedy species throughout grasslands, shrublands,
and woodlands west of the Rocky Mountains.  The spread of nonindigenous
plant species throughout arid and semi-arid regions of the West is one of
the greatest threats facing the region's native species and ecosystems.  The
report is available at http://www.onda.org or (503)228-9720.


VIRGINIA AND TENNESSEE HOME TO LARGEST NUMBER OF IMPERILED SPECIES IN
MAINLAND U.S. 

A recent study by the Nature Conservancy shows that the Clinch and Powell
river areas of Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee have the highest
concentration of imperiled species on the U.S. mainland.  Of the 27 species
that have been identified in the region as endangered or imperiled, eight of
those are associated with caves and 19 with rivers and streams.  Scientists
and spelunkers who work for the state have discovered 20 to 25 new species
of cave organisms in Southwest Virginia.  Freshwater mussels are the species
most at risk, with 18 different mussels presumed extinct.


FIRE WEATHER HANDBOOK REVEALS LOGGING INCREASES FIRE RISK

 "Fire Weather," a 229-page Forest Service manual for all Fire Science
personnel, discusses how fire prevention characteristics of a forest are
lost by logging.  Logging and logging roads open the forest canopy and
increase the temperature of air, the ground and forest fuels, which
accelerate the rate of burning of surface fires.  Opening the forest canopy
also lowers humidity of forest fuels, which increases the flammability of
these fuels, critically influences the behavior of wildlands fires and may
cause rapid and intense fire spread.  The report concludes that logging and
logging roads increase the chance of wildland fire.  The handbook is
available from the Government Printing Office, Stock No. 001-000-0193-0 /
Catalogue No. A 1.76:360


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