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AMERICAN FOREST RESOURCE ALLIANCE ISSUES STATEMENT ON MILLER BILL

AMERICAN FOREST RESOURCE ALLIANCE ISSUES STATEMENT ON MILLER BILL
 PORTLAND, Ore., May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement was issued today by American Forest Resource Alliance Executive Director Mark Rey after approval by the House Interior Subcommittee on National Parks and Public Lands of a bill introduced by George Miller, D-Calif.
 "Rep. Miller's bill, the Ancient Forest Act of 1992 (HR 4899), will cause so much economic havoc that south central Los Angeles will resemble a summer resort by comparison.
 "It represents the largest legislative lock-up of public lands in the history of the lower 48 states. A total of 172,000 direct and indirect jobs will be lost in the Pacific Northwest and Northern California as a result of the bill, with untold consequences for the rest of the rural United States.
 "The known consequences, in addition to unemployment, are family disintegration, community disruptions, ghost towns and massive welfare dependency, plus attendant crime, alcoholism and drug abuse.
 "The bill goes beyond merely bad legislation to what appears to be an orgy of personal vindictiveness on the part of Miller and his henchman, Rep. Bruce Vento, D-Minn. What else can one say about a bill that eliminates timber harvesting in the Northwest, spreads the old growth controversy nationwide and prohibits control of forest fires, insects and disease?
 "We take considerable consolation in the fact that the first vote on the merits of the bill resulted in its defeat. Thus, the Northwest delegation has a strong opportunity to coalesce around a bill that is really designed to solve this terrible timber crisis. With the strong leadership exhibited today by Congressmen DeFazio and Smith, we trust the delegation can do that and we pledge to help accomplish that goal."
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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 IN: PAP SU: LEG


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