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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 26, 2001
CONTACT: Le Evans, NET, 202-887-1342 or 202-487-7465 (cell)


STATEMENT OF JANE DANOWITZ, DIRECTOR OF THE HERITAGE FORESTS CAMPAIGN, ON PRESIDENT BUSH'S NOMINATION OF MARK REY

Mark Rey was nominated by President Bush on June 22 to be the Undersecretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and the Environment. He will testify during his confirmation hearing today before the Senate Agriculture Committee. Rey has a long record as a former top timber industry lobbyist. If confirmed, Rey would oversee the US Forest Service and the Natural Resource Conservation Service.

WASHINGTON - "Mark Rey is just the latest in a long line of Bush administration nominees for natural resource positions with extensive and disturbing ties to industry.

"In nominating Rey to oversee our national forests, President Bush appointed an individual who has a long record as a timber industry lieutenant, leading the charge against even the most basic forest conservation measures.

"President Bush has appointed the fox to guard the chicken coop, and our nationĀ¹s treasures will undoubtedly suffer.

"We call upon the Agriculture Committee to carefully consider the implications of this nomination on the future of our national forests."

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The Heritage Forests Campaign is an alliance of conservationists, wildlife advocates, clergy, educators, scientists, and other Americans who are working together to uphold protection of our National Forests. Heritage Forests Campaign's partners include Alaska Rainforest Coalition, Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund, National Environmental Trust, National Audubon Society, Natural Resources Defense Council, US PIRG, and The Wilderness Society.

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