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NORTHWEST FORESTRY ASSOCIATION CHARGES CLINTON ADMINISTRATION WITH MISLEADING CONGRESS AND THE PUBLIC

 PORTLAND, Ore., Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released today by the Northwest Forest Resource Council:
 The Northwest Forestry Association charges that the Clinton administration is misleading Congress and the public by claiming that their efforts will end the gridlock facing the Pacific Northwest. Yesterday at a congressional hearing, Assistant Secretary Jim Lyons stated that there was currently 1.2 billion board feet of timber sales already sold and under contract with timber companies that was blocked by the court. Courts are not blocking the sold timber sales, agency inaction is.
 Chris West, vice president of Northwest Forestry Association, stated, "It is disappointing that the administration would continue to mislead the public and Congress about the facts surrounding the forest crisis here in the Pacific Northwest. The fact is that Judge Dwyer's injunction blocks only new timber sales not sales already sold."
 West noted the "behind closed door dealings with the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund shows that the administration is willing to appease the environmentalists at any cost. The president's call for a balanced plan has long been forgotten. Last month the administration promised to get the injunctions lifted and deliver 2 billion board feet of timber sales to this region's log starved mills. Yesterday, we heard that they are negotiating with the environmentalists to possibly release only 10 percent of the promised timber. These backroom dealings with the environmentalists will not produce any new timber sales for 12 months," West stated.
 Currently, there is only 1.5 billion board feet of Forest Service sales held under contract by timber companies in the region considered under the president's plan. Much of that volume is halted by the bureaucratic blackhole known as Section 7 consultation. The forest products industry filed suit last week charging the administration was violating the Endangered Species Act by not completing the review in a timely manner. The Clinton administration has been reviewing existing timber sale contracts and is considering canceling some of them if they are not compatible with the president's proposed plan. In other words, they may be taking volume away, not offering more.
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 /CONTACT: Chris West or Ralph Saperstein of the Northwest Forest Resource Council, 503-222-9505; or Ross Mickey of the Northwest Forestry Association, 503-342-1892/


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