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CLINTON ADMINISTRATION FOREST PLAN A SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CATASTROPHE, CHARGES BOISE CASCADE

 BOISE, Idaho, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Boise Cascade Corp. (NYSE: BCC) charged today that a plan being considered by President Clinton to end the timber supply gridlock in the Pacific Northwest would have catastrophic social and economic consequences.
 Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer John B. Fery said, "The plan recommended to the president would permanently shrink the harvest of timber from federal lands in the region by 75 percent, thereby resulting in the loss of 47,000 direct jobs and up to a total of 200,000 area jobs, devastating the economy of the Pacific Northwest and undermining the economy of the entire nation."
 Fery called on the president to reject the plan on two counts: (1) the plan does not accomplish the president's dual goals of ensuring a healthy forest ecosystem and a healthy forest economy and (2) the process for developing the plan was flawed and, quite possibly, illegal.
 He said, "Ensuring a healthy forest ecosystem and a healthy forest economy are compatible goals that state-of-the-art forest management practices can help accomplish without trashing working peoples' lives and jeopardizing the already fragile U.S. economy."
 He also said, "Apart from the one-day Forest Conference, which was held in Portland, Ore., on April 2, the entire process for dealing with the timber issue in the Pacific Northwest has been shrouded in secrecy and filled with political intrigue." Among his charges were that the public was denied access to meetings in apparent violation of federal law, that the identities of key advisers to the administration were withheld from the public and that the recommendation of the working groups did not receive proper peer review.
 Fery urged the president to work with the congressional delegations and governors of states in the Pacific Northwest to ensure that an open, participative, and rigorous process yields a solution to the timber crisis that truly balances environmental and economic considerations.
 Boise Cascade Corp. is an integrated paper and forest products company headquartered in Boise, Idaho, with operations located in the United States and Canada. The company manufactures and distributes paper and paper products, office products, and building products and owns and manages timberland to support these operations.
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 /CONTACT: Doug Bartels, 208-384-6508, or after hours 208-338-6895, or Robert Hayes, 208-384-7989, or after hours 208-345-9863, both of Boise Cascade/
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