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AMERICAN FOREST & PAPER ASSOCIATION COMMENTS ON DRAFT NORTHERN SPOTTED OWL RECOVERY PLAN

 WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Forest & Paper Association today issued the following remarks from Mark Rey, vice president:
 "We applaud Interior Secretary Manuel Lujan's decision to seek additional comments on the draft Northern Spotted Owl recovery plan. The plan would have involved extraordinary social and economic costs in the Pacific Northwest and northern California, even as it would have sought to increase overtime the number of spotted owls.
 "We commend the Secretary's decision to seek additional views as to whether a better and more balanced solution can be found. Secretary Lujan's decision is particularly appropriate in light of the commitment by the Clinton Administration to convene a Pacific Northwest forestry summit early this year to try to resolve the continuing crisis over the Northern Spotted Owl and the management of old growth forests in the region. Previously, we have endorsed the summit proposal and committed to work with the new Administration in the search for a solution. Secretary Lujan has provided the new Administration with much useful information in the recovery plan without binding their hands in the search for a better approach.
 "This is a good example of one Administration working directly with another across the gap of the transition to try to coordinate the development of effective policy. In this sense, it is much like the cooperative effort in dealing with the current Persian Gulf crisis."
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 /CONTACT: Mark Rey, vice president, 202-463-2750, or Barry Polsky, 202-463-2467, both of the American Forest & Paper Association/


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