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OREGON LANDS COALITION LEADERS APPEAL TO COUNCIL ON COMPETITIVENESS TO 'PULL OUT ALL THE STOPS' IN SUPPORT OF BUSH DIRECTIVES

OREGON LANDS COALITION LEADERS APPEAL TO COUNCIL ON COMPETITIVENESS
 TO 'PULL OUT ALL THE STOPS' IN SUPPORT OF BUSH DIRECTIVES
 WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Oregon Lands Coalition leaders this afternoon petitioned the controversial Council on Competitiveness to ensure that President Bush's proposals outlined in the Northwest this week are implemented, the coalition said.
 In a meeting this afternoon at the White House, Coalition Chairman Charlie Janz asked council executives to apply pressure needed to end the stalemate caused by court injunctions.
 "By this time the abuses of the timber sale appeals process, administrative rules and the courts are obvious to everyone," said Janz. "It's time for the abuse to end.
 "We've asked the council to pull out all the stops to be sure the federal agencies recognize their responsibilities under the president's directive. Like the president said, the balance has been lost. It's time to fight for jobs, families and communities."
 Coalition leaders also urged the council to help end the agency paralysis that has resulted in the dangerous buildup of fuels, and bug infestation and disease in millions of acres of dead and dying forests.
 "Big-money preservationist groups have convinced the public that we need to preserve -- rather than manage and nurture -- our forests," Janz said, "and that philosophy is killing whole ecosystems. We need the council to take a watchdog role in making sure the agencies put up sales to get out the dead trees. Removing the dead and dying trees will reduce the fire risk and put our forests on the road to recovery."
 Bill Burrows of the Council on Competitiveness and Jonathan Tolman of the Presidential Office of Policy and Development represented the Administration in the Tuesday afternoon meeting. The council became the focus of controversy in Oregon this month when Rep. Les AuCoin worked to wipe out the council's funding, charging that the vice president was using the council to bypass regulatory agencies.
 Other Oregon Lands Coalition leaders in the meeting were: Jim Gourley, Halsey; Rita Kaley, Hood River; State Rep. Rod Johnson, R-Riddle; Valerie Johnson, Tigard; Mike Weideman, Enterprise.
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