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LABOR LEADER BLASTS FOREST SERVICE'S NEW TREE-CUTTING POLICY DESIGNED TO PROTECT CALIFORNIA SPOTTED OWL

 PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- "The U.S. Forest Service's new tree-cutting policy in California's Sierra Nevada forests, which will significantly curtail logging ostensibly to protect the California spotted owl, will throw between 12,000 to 15,000 men and women out of work," said Mike Draper, executive secretary of the Western Council of Industrial Workers.
 The Forest Service guidelines were issued after the Natural Resources Defense Council and other preservationists groups threatened to halt logging in the Sierra Nevada forests through lawsuits or administrative appeals -- a tactic that has shut down virtually all logging on federal forests in Oregon and Washington.
 "Something is wrong with our nation when special interest groups -- like the Natural Resources Defense Council -- can frighten a government agency into issuing an ill-conceived policy that costs more than 12,000 jobs in a region with a failing economy," said Draper.
 "The Forest Service has once again said to forest products workers we are unwilling to find a solution to the forest management debate that will balance protecting your livelihood and protecting threatened species.'
 "This ruling by the Forest Service will push timber-dependent communities that are teetering on the edge of disaster over the brink.
 "It is the working man and woman, their families and communities who will suffer from this proposal," concluded Draper.
 The Western Council of Industrial Workers, based in Portland, represents approximately 30,000 union members who work in the forest products industry throughout the Pacific Northwest and Northern California.
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 /CONTACT: Mike Draper, 503-228-0235, or Robin Shapiro, 202-452-9462, both for the Western Council of Industrial Workers/


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