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AMERICAN FOREST RESOURCE ALLIANCE ISSUES STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO TODAY'S ACTION BY HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE

 AMERICAN FOREST RESOURCE ALLIANCE ISSUES STATEMENT
 IN RESPONSE TO TODAY'S ACTION BY HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE
 WASHINGTON, June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement was issued by Mark Rey, American Forest Resource Alliance executive director, in response to action today by the House Agriculture Committee:
 "The bill reported by the committee is irrelevant to the timber supply crisis in the Pacific Northwest because it sets aside additional millions of acres of productive forest without dealing with court injunctions.
 "Only by including legal sufficiency language can forestry legislation hope to overcome court challenges designed to stop timber harvesting in the region.
 "The committee bill, lacking that language, will not succeed in selling one stick of timber or save one job.
 "The bill gives preservationists a new 6-million to 8-million acre set-aside, but doesn't provide any harvesting certainty to the timber workers, their families and communities. Even with measures to address the current court injunctions, the bill would reduce the region's timber supply from federal lands by 67 percent, costing 72,000 jobs.
 "The House, and particularly the Northwest delegation, have until November to fix this turkey."
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 /CONTACT: Barry Polsky, 202-463-2467, or Kevin Brett, 503-222-7456, both of the American Forest Resource Alliance/ CO: American Forest Resource Alliance ST: District of Columbia IN: PAP SU: LEG


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