Sen. McCain Is No Friend of the Forests

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From: "wafcdc at americanlands.org" <wafcdc at americanlands.org>
Subject: Sen. McCain Is No Friend of the Forests

LANDSCOPE: News and Views from American Lands - February 16, 2000

Sen. McCain Is No Friend of the Forests

In December Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) denounced the Forest Service moratorium
on road construction and indicated, that if elected, he would reverse the
roadless area protection policy now under development.  In his statement,
McCain said that he favors local control over federal lands, which in the
past, has meant giving logging, mining and grazing interests carte blanche
to exploit public resources for private gain, while leaving the taxpayers
the cleanup bill.  More recent examples of local land management such as the
Quincy Library Group offer environmentalists little assurance that this
pattern of exploitation will change when local interests with an economic
stake in resource extraction are allowed to make the management decisions.  

. . . Sen. McCain is no friend of the forests and should be held accountable
for his stance against the roadless area initiative to protect 40-60 million
acres of National Forest land.  While McCain has talked about cutting
corporate subsidies, he has consistently voted against amendments to
eliminate subsidies for the timber industry.  In addition, according the
League of Conservation Voters, Sen. McCain has supported the environment
only 20% of the time.  For more information on the environmental records of
the presidential candidates, please see http://www.lcv.org

Colorado Public Land Managers Limit Off-Road Access: The Forest Service and
Bureau of Land Management are proposing to restrict motorized vehicles and
mountain bikes to established roads and trails in the Gunnison River Basin
of Colorado until a long-term management plan is completed.  Agency
officials cite increasing environmental damage from the vehicles for the
decision, which affects 1.7 million acres of forests and 600,000 acres of
BLM lands in the area.   Existing management plans for the areas left more
than half the lands open to off-road use, leading to soil erosion and
destruction of vegetation and wildlife habitat.

Agency Ruling Suspends Some Surface Coal Mining:  A recent ruling by the
Office of Surface Mining (OSM) has suspended nearly all surface coal mining
on Ohio's Wayne National Forest and millions of acres of other federal
lands.  The ruling stems from the development of a new definition for the
phase "valid existing rights", which previously had allowed local mining
companies to circumvent the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act.
Despite this victory, OSM issued a second ruling which allows underground
coal mining to occur on federally protected lands, and almost assures that
two million families will be put at risk from the impacts of underground
mining. Environmental and coalfield citizens groups plan to appeal the new
rule on underground mining.  For more information contact the Buckeye Forest
Council at 740/ 594-6400; mailto:bfc at frognet.net.

Direct Action Conference at Ohio State University, February 25th-27th:   The
conference will focus on the role direct action plays in creating social
change.  Featured speakers include Rod Coronado and Ramona Africa with
workshops and presentations by the Ruckus Society, Art and Revolution, OU
Greens, American Lands, and Buckeye Forest Council.  For more information
OSU SEAC at mailto:f25_ at hotmail.com 

LCV Releases Scorecard: The League of Conservation Voters recently released
its 1999 National Environmental Scorecard, which rates each member of
Congress on the most important environmental votes during the first session
of the 106th Congress. The scorecard can be found at: http://www.lcv.org.


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