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AMERICAN FOREST AND PAPER ASSOCIATION: FOREST INDUSTRY REACTION TO SUMMIT ANNOUNCEMENT

 WASHINGTON, March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The forest and paper industry expressed approval of today's announcement by the White House that the president would host a Forest Summit Conference on April 2 in Portland, Ore. The following is a statement from Mark Rey, vice president of the American Forest & Paper Association, a Washington, D.C.-based trade group:
 "We are pleased with the Clinton Administration's announcement today of a Forest Summit to be held April 2 in Portland, Ore. We are particularly pleased that both President Clinton and Vice President Gore will participate in the day-long session.
 "The upcoming summit will be an important catalyst for resolving the deepening forest crisis in the Pacific Northwest. The impacts of this crisis are being felt far from the Pacific Northwest to the country as a whole, with lumber prices increasing 90 percent since last October as a consequence of court injunctions, administrative appeals and other restrictions that have virtually shut off a critical supply of timber from both public and private lands.
 "We pledge the good faith effort to work closely with the new administration in convening the summit. The industry in the affected region will have the lead voice in addressing the problem in the region, but they will have a vital national industry unified behind them.
 "As the administration begins to look for solutions, we invite their attention to relevant portions of The Forest and Families Protection Act introduced in the last Congress by a bipartisan group of senators and congressmen from the affected region and nationwide. The Forest and Family Protection Act was jointly supported by organized labor and the forest products industry. Many of the principles contained in that legislation could be helpful as the search for a solution begins.
 "Any solution must include protection for the Northern Spotted Owl and old growth values, as well as a stable and reasonable supply of timber in the face of increasing environmental group lawsuits and appeals, and finally retraining and community assistance measures for displaced workers.
 "As of today's announcement, the process should now begin and move towards a conclusion as quickly as possible."
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 /CONTACT: Luke Popovich of American Forest & Paper Association, 202-463-2459/


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