Heritage Forests Campaign News Release
January 10, 2002
ROADLESS RULE LAW OF THE LAND
The 9th Circuit Court ruled last Thursday in favor of the American people who participated in the most inclusive rulemaking in history and for the 58.5 million acres of pristine forests that are now protected. To read the decision click here.
The Roadless Rule effectively suspends the Bush Administration's plans to begin large-scale clearcutting in many of the roadless areas in the Tongass National Forest. For more information: www.alaskacoalition.org
The Roadless Rule will provide permanent protection for these areas despite efforts by the Administration to use revised forest planning regulations to undermine roadless protection.
BUSH WEAKENS FOREST REGULATIONS WITHOUT SOUND SCIENCE
On Monday, 11 House Republicans called on Secretary Veneman to ask the National Academy of Sciences to review the Administration's proposed forest regulations before they are final. To view the letter click here.
The revised forest planning regulations, proposed the day before Thanksgiving, weaken environmental and wildlife protections, and restrict public participation. To view the regulations click here.
LOGGING UNDER THE GUISE OF FIRE
Last Wednesday, the Bush Administration elaborated on its “Healthy Forest Initiative,” by proposing as little as one-page documentation before granting exemptions from environmental review (NEPA). To view the proposal click here.
Click here to read a December 11, 2002 article from the Washington Post on the Healthy Forests Initiative
HOUSE DEMOCRATS RELEASE REPORT: DOI IGNORES SCIENCE
Titled “Weird Science,” House Resource Democrats released a new report yesterday outlining the Administration’s manipulation of science for political and industry gains.
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Contact: Tony Iallonardo, NET
The Heritage Forests Campaign is an alliance of conservationists, wildlife advocates, clergy, educators, scientists, and other Americans working together to uphold protection of our National Forests. Heritage Forests Campaign's partners include Alaska Rainforest Coalition, American Hiking Society, Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund, National Environmental Trust, National Audubon Society, Natural Resources Defense Council, US PIRG, and The Wilderness Society.