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ADMINISTRATION PROMISES 'HIGHEST LEVEL' ATTENTION TO OWL RECOVERY PLAN, BOYLE SAYS

 ADMINISTRATION PROMISES 'HIGHEST LEVEL' ATTENTION
 TO OWL RECOVERY PLAN, BOYLE SAYS
 Northwest Could Benefit From President's Focus
 on Reviving Real Estate Industry
 WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Key officials of the Bush Administration have promised Washington State Public Lands Commissioner Brian Boyle the "highest level" of attention to the owl recovery plan soon to be released in draft form by Interior Secretary Manuel Lujan, Boyle said today. The commitment came in meetings Boyle had yesterday at the White House and at the Department of Interior.
 "The Administration's commitment, combined with President Bush's interest in spurring the nation's home building industry, is extremely gratifying," said Boyle "The draft plan needs serious public review, with particular attention paid to how the owl's recovery can be achieved without unnecessary costs. But if a final plan is approved by Secretary Lujan, there is new hope that the Pacific Northwest will get beyond the political stalemate surrounding the northern spotted owl."
 Boyle is in the nation's capital discussing the state's role in implementing a recovery plan once it is approved. Boyle's office has been an active participant in developing the draft recovery plan that was recently submitted to Secretary Lujan for his review.
 "I found the Administration eager to hear ways the state can provide leadership in the resolution of these environmental and employment issues," said Boyle. "We will be working cooperatively with them and I have been promised that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will support a final plan -- at the headquarters and regional office level.
 "It was also made clear that the Administration will continue to support the notion of administering the Endangered Species Act with the least economic impact," said Boyle. "This is important for Washington's timber-dependent communities and the state's economy.
 The President, in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday evening, highlighted the need to invigorate the nation's economy through a number of measures that would improve the real estate and home construction industry. These included a $5,000 tax credit for first-time homebuyers, withdrawal of savings from an IRA without penalty for first-time buyers' use in purchasing a home and a cut in the capital gains tax. An improvement in the home building industry can have a direct positive effect on the economic health of the forest industry.
 The draft owl recovery plan was submitted to Secretary Lujan after months of work by the recovery team. It is expected to be released during February for 45 days of public comment.
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 /CONTACT: Peter B. Summerville of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, 202-582-1234, ext. 323, or 206-753-5330/ CO: Washington State Department of Natural Resources ST: Washington IN: PAP SU:


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