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AMERICAN FOREST RESOURCE ALLIANCE COMMENTS ON LUJAN'S OWL PLAN

 AMERICAN FOREST RESOURCE ALLIANCE COMMENTS ON LUJAN'S OWL PLAN
 PORTLAND, Ore., May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement was released today by American Forest Resource Alliance (AFRA) Executive Director Mark Rey on the announcement by Interior Secretary Lujan of a proposed Owl Preservation Plan and on the decision by the Endangered Species Committee to exempt 13 of 44 Oregon timber sales from requirements of the Endangered Species Act:
 "These actions by Secretary Lujan and the Endangered Species Committee, known as the 'God Squad,' underscore the best and perhaps some of the worst features of government.
 "The best is demonstrated by Secretary Lujan's sensitivity to the region, to the industry that is crucial to its welfare and to the families that are impacted by the Endangered Species Act. We, of course, don't like job losses of any kind. But the secretary has given Congress a proposal that should be seriously considered.
 "His proposal could save up to 17,000 jobs, 1 billion board feet of timber per year, and $68 million annually in timber receipts distributed to dependent counties.
 "But the worst of government is just as evident from the way the Endangered Species Act has tied the hands of policymakers and severely limited the options available to them. The decision today by the Endangered Species Committee doesn't go nearly far enough in helping people and allows only a miniscule volume of timber to be sold.
 "The old saw says, 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it.' The Endangered Species Act is clearly broken and Congress must fix -- starting with a serious consideration of Secretary Lujan's plan and continuing with broader changes to the Act to put human and social concerns on an equal footing with threatened species."
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 /CONTACT: Barry Polsky, 202-463-2467, or Kevin Brett, 503-222-7456, both of the American Forest Resource Alliance/ CO: American Forest Resource Alliance ST: Washington, Oregon, California IN: PAP SU: LEG


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