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FEDERAL PANEL'S DRAFT PROPOSAL TO PROTECT SPOTTED OWLS UNFAIR, IGNORES COSTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, CHARGES UNION PRESIDENT

 FEDERAL PANEL'S DRAFT PROPOSAL TO PROTECT SPOTTED OWLS UNFAIR, IGNORES COSTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, CHARGES UNION PRESIDENT
 WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Sigurd Lucassen, president of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, AFL-CIO, issued the following statement in response to reports that the federal Spotted Owl Recovery Team has drafted a plan severely restricting timber harvests in the Pacific Northwest to maximize protection of the northern spotted owl:
 On behalf of the 600,000 members of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBCJA), I want to express my extreme dismay with the reported draft proposal prepared by the Bush administration's Spotted Owl Recovery Team.
 Reports convening this proposal indicate that the Recover Team has forgotten about the other threatened species with a fundamental interest in the spotted owl/old growth controversy -- namely the forest products worker. For our members, their families and communities, the primary issue in this debate is economic security. We -- along with thousands of construction, manufacturing, transportation and public sector workers throughout the nation -- rely upon a stable timber supply for our livelihood. In our view, a resolution to the timber supply crisis must recognize the importance of people as well as owls and old growth forests. This, we thought, was what President Bush was seeking and what Secretary of Interior Manuel Lujan directed the team to produce.
 Forest products workers and their families enter the holiday season facing further unemployment and economic hardship due to the lack of a comprehensive, viable federal forest management policy. The Bush administration can send our members a holiday gift by junking this proposal and instead preparing a plan to save the owl and the timber worker.
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 /CONTACT: Denny Scott, 202-546-6206, or Jeff Joseph, 202-452-9431, both for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners/ CO: United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America ST: District of Columbia IN: SU: LEG


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