LANDSCOPE: Supreme Court Ruling Could Threaten Forest Protection La

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From: "wafcdc at americanlands.org" <wafcdc at americanlands.org>
Subject: LANDSCOPE: Supreme Court Ruling Could Threaten Forest  Protection Laws

LANDSCOPE: News and Views from American Lands - June 26, 2000

Supreme Court Ruling Could Threaten Forest Protection Laws

On June 19, the Supreme Court unanimously struck down the Massachusetts
Burma law.  This law prohibited companies doing business in Myanmar
(formally Burma) from receiving state government contracts.  American Lands
joined 190 other groups on an amicus brief submitted to the Supreme Court in
support of the law which was challenged by a coalition of some of America's
largest multinational corporations.  The Court struck down the law on the
grounds that it was preempted by an act of Congress that authorized the
President to impose a limited range of sanctions against Burma.  

. . . Forest protection purchasing laws such as preferences for recycled
content and preferences for sustainably harvested wood could be threatened
by the Court's ruling if a corporation or government successfully argues
that these laws are "obstacles" to implementing an act of Congress.
American Lands will work with our partners to identify federal legislation
that may supercede state and local forest protection laws.  There is also
language in the Supreme Court's opinion that opens the door to challenges
based on claims that state and local laws conflict with WTO agreements.
This threat highlights the need for immediate and fundamental WTO reform.
Please contact Antonia Juhasz at mailto:antonia at americanlands.org for more
information. 

Mexican Spotted Owl Habitat Threatened:  The Center for Biological
Diversity, Forest Conservation Council and the National Forest Protection
Alliance appealed the Corner Mountain salvage timber sale on New Mexico's
Gila National Forest.  The sale would clearcut 340 acres of ponderosa pine
and Douglas fir, including 7,000 trees over 16 inches in diameter.  The sale
violates the Gila National Forest's Mexican Spotted Owl recovery plan by
logging 2,500 trees over 24 inches in diameter among many other provisions
such as failing to retain at least 2-3 snags per acre.  For more information
contact the Center for Biological Diversity at 520-623-5252, or email
ksuckling at sw-center.org.

Soda Mountain & Ironwood Forests Designated National Monuments: The Clinton
Administration designated four new National Monuments June 9.  The
Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in Oregon comprises 52,000 acres of BLM
land including Soda Mountain and Ironwood Forest National Monument comprises
134,750 acres of BLM land in Arizona.  Both monuments contain old growth
forests previously threatened by logging and development.  Additionally, the
Hanford Reach National Monument in Washington, comprised of 195,000 acres,
includes one of the last free flowing stretches of the Columbia River, and
the 164,000 acre Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in Colorado
contains the highest density of archeological sites in the nation.  For more
information email Dave Willis at sodamtn at mind.net. 

Active-Fest 2000:  The Mendocino Environmental Center announces the Northern
California's Active-fest on July 14, 15, and 16 at the Mendocino County
Fairgrounds in Boonville.  The purpose of the event is to educate, motivate,
and celebrate with activists.  Join with others working to redress social
injustice and heal environmental degradation.  No fees are charged for
entrance, camping or dinner.  For more information call the MEC at 707-468-
1660 or Rafael at mailto:rafa at saber.net, or check out the Active-fest
website at http:www.saber.net/~raf 


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