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Heritage Forests Campaign News Release

May 5, 2003

The Bush Administrationís Forest Policy is Pulp Fiction

Remember those hard-boiled detective stories of the 1920ís full of shady characters, deception and greed? Well you donít have to rifle through old bookstores to find a classic dime-store pulp novel. To get your fix of back-door dealings, check out the Heritage Forests Campaignís new print ads running in Congress Daily and Washington D.C. metro stations. The message: The Bush administrationís forest policy is pulp fiction.

Although the Bush administration has said it will uphold the Roadless Area Conservation Rule, it has worked behind closed doors with corporate special interests to gut the most popular federal rule in history. Theyíre deceiving the

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public into thinking they want to uphold the rule -- remember that fateful May 4th pledge by Agriculture Secretary, Ann Veneman? Itís two years after the pledge, and all she and the administration have done is work to turn a good policy bad.

Itís the seedy underbelly of American politics. But like Philip Marlow or Sam Spade, the roadless rule has a shot at redemption thanks to a recent court victory and bipartisan support in Congress. And itís not too late for the Bush administration to see the error in its ways, and support the rule as originally adopted.

With all these plot twists and character turns, this is sure to be a cliffhanger you canít put down.

For more information: On the administrationís actions to undermine the roadless rule check out Attempts to Undermine the Roadless Rule

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Contact: Tony Iallonardo, NET
(202) 887-8855

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.

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