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AMERICAN FOREST RESOURCE ALLIANCE RESPONDS TO UNSOELD'S 'TIMBER RESOURCE EMPLOYMENT ENHANCEMENT ACT'

 AMERICAN FOREST RESOURCE ALLIANCE RESPONDS
 TO UNSOELD'S 'TIMBER RESOURCE EMPLOYMENT ENHANCEMENT ACT'
 Portland, Ore., Nov. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement was issued by Mark Rey, American Forest Resource Alliance executive director in response to the introduction today by Rep. Jolene Unsoeld of the "Timber Resource Employment Enhancement Act":
 "The forest products industry supports efforts to increase employment and enhance the productivity of federal and private forest lands in the Pacific Northwest, but Rep. Unsoeld's bill raises as many questions as it answers.
 "We doubt whether, in the current federal budget climate, sufficient funds can be appropriated to make the plan work. In addition, the Forest Service has shown no ability to limit adminstrative costs to 5 percent, as the bill directs. Administrative costs for most of its programs run from 28 percent to 45 percent. This raises a question as to whether the purposes of the bill are best achieved as a federal program administered by the agency.
 "Moreover, the nature of the work supported by the bill means replacing year-round, highly skilled jobs with seasonal, lower-skilled employment on watershed and trail rehabilitation. These are commendable subjects for forest improvement, but only a partial solution for the thousands now out of work because of timber harvest restrictions.
 "What's needed is legislation that balances environmental and human needs in a way that offers protection for the spotted owl and permanent, long-term employment to workers in the forest products industry. The Forest and Families Protections Act (HR 2463; S 1156) is the only piece of legislation which meets that test."
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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: Oregon, California, Washington IN: PAP SU:


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