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JAY GRUENFELD ASSOCIATES ISSUES LETTER TO PRESIDENT CLINTON ON TIMBER SUMMIT

 SEATTLE, March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The following letter to President Clinton was released today by Jay Gruenfeld Associates Inc.:
 President Bill Clinton
 Subject: Your April 2 Forest Summit (Conference)
 Dear Mr. President:
 You were elected, in large part, because of wisely focusing on "It's the economy, stupid," and yours is not a stupid administration. So, some of us expect wisdom from the Forest Conference. Incidentally, I voted for you.
 Wisdom, we believe, requires giving more weight to people when seeking a balance between jobs based on federal trees (a renewable resource) and ecosystem protection. We need both, but in the past several years people have almost totally lost out to preservation in federal forest land management decisions.
 Wisdom requires recognizing the huge economic difference between a well-paying primary job, based on a renewable resource like forests -- that produces tax revenues -- and a make-work job, or retraining job, that uses tax revenues.
 Since 1949, except for getting a graduate degree at Oxford University, I have worked as a forest manager or in forest businesses in the Pacific Northwest, so I know the economic value of our trees and forests. And, I've spent about 300 days in wilderness areas, so have a deep appreciation of non-dollar forest values. It's my sincere belief that the great majority of informed people in the Northwest and the nation believe with me, that preservation of over-mature trees has been overdone, and that now is the time to provide more jobs, community stability and affordable wood products from federal forests. This can best be done by restoring a reasonable level of harvest to our federal forests in the Pacific Northwest.
 We are holding a Pre-Forest Summit Symposium, March 22 in Seattle, to put more weight on the side of people. Hopefully the symposium proceedings, including the questionnaire results, will be helpful as you search for the proper federal forest management balance, between primary jobs with ecosystem protection and ecosystem preservation.
 May the Forest Conferences be oriented toward benefits for people.
 Good luck and God speed,
 Jay Gruenfeld
 cc: Vice President Gore; Senators Gorton, Murray, Hatfield, Packwood; Representatives Foley, Dicks and DeFazio; Governor Lowry
 -0- 3/15/93
 /CONTACT: Jay Gruenfeld of Jay Gruenfeld Associates, 206-242-3551, or fax, 206-242-6175/


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