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AMERICAN FOREST COUNCIL CHAIRMAN RESPONDS TO PRESIDENT BUSH'S ANNOUNCEMENT

 AMERICAN FOREST COUNCIL CHAIRMAN RESPONDS
 TO PRESIDENT BUSH'S ANNOUNCEMENT
 PORTLAND, Ore., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Carter Fox, chairman of the American Forest Council, the private forestry arm of the U.S. pulp, paper, paperboard and solid wood industries, released the following statement in response to today's announcement by President Bush to increase worldwide forest conservation assistance:
 "The U.S. forest industry supports the Administration's 'Forests for the Future' initiative, designed to stimulate the sustainable development and conservation of the world's forests.
 "Reforestation and sound management have allowed the U.S. to regain millions of acres of forests over the last 50 years, and to achieve annual forest growth that far exceeds harvests and losses to natural mortality. In addition to the dollars recommended by the President for this effort, U.S. industry can offer considerable technological expertise to make it a success.
 "Our industry underscores the urgency of such efforts designed to halt tropical deforestation. The loss of this valuable resource constitutes a clear and present threat to the environment. We must strive to manage this and all forests for multiple uses rather than convert them permanently to non-forest status.
 "This initiative will have many positive worldwide benefits, and we are pleased that it can be undertaken without creating additional international bureaucracies.
 "We further call on Congress to approve without further delay adequate funding for the America the Beautiful campaign. We pledge our industry's continued efforts to advance this commendable program.
 "We look forward to working closely with our government on the President's initiative announced today."
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 NOTE TO EDITORS: Carter Fox is chief executive officer of Chesapeake Corp., Richmond, Va.
 /CONTACT: Larry Wiseman, 202-463-2460, or Barry Polsky, 202-463-2467, or Kevin Brett, 503-222-7456, all of the American Forest Resource Alliance/ CO: American Forest Council ST: Oregon IN: PAP SU:


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