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NATIONAL FOREST PRODUCTS ASSOCIATION COMMENTS ON FOREST SERVICE'S TIMBER SALE PROGRAM REPORTING SYSTEM RESULTS

 NATIONAL FOREST PRODUCTS ASSOCIATION COMMENTS


ON FOREST SERVICE'S TIMBER SALE PROGRAM REPORTING SYSTEM RESULTS
 PORTLAND, Ore., March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement was issued today by Frank Gladics, National Forest Products Association (NFPA) vice president, on the Forest Service's fiscal 1991 Timber Sale Program Information Reporting System (TSPIRS) results:
 "The Forest Service's financial results are not surprising. They reflect harsh economic times and concerted efforts by preservationists to stop timber harvests.
 "Positive TSPIRS results are heavily dependent on timber harvests. But harvest levels fell 2 billion board feet in fiscal 1991 because the recession caused fewer housing starts and because the agency failed to meet its congressionally assigned timber sale levels.
 "The latter is a direct result of five years of litigation, administrative appeals and other special-interest roadblocks to the timber sale program. As a result, some of the most productive and cost-efficient forests in the world are now operating at a loss.
 "Forests such as Klamath in Northern California and the Colville in central Washington, money-makers just a few years ago, have been driven into the red by the orchestrated efforts of the preservationist movement. Their campaign is impacting forests in other regions of the country as well.
 "Despite the falloff in harvests, there are some bright spots. The timber sale program generated 103,000 jobs, $4.7 billion in income; and $713 million in tax revenue to the Treasury, almost identical results as fiscal 1990.
 "Additionally, the program generated almost $900 million worth of benefits for the agency's recreation, wildlife, fisheries, grazing, soil and water programs.
 "As long as the administrative appeals process allows individuals to needlessly delay all timber sale projects in a given forest, we will continue to be disappointed by the timber program financial results.
 "If the nation wants productive, profitable forests, it must demand that Congress fund the forest plans it has mandated and address the costs and delays resulting from appeals and litigation of those plans."
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 /CONTACT: Frank Gladics, 202-463-2752, or Barry Polsky, 202-463-2455, both of the National Forest Products Association/ CO: National Forest Products Association ST: Washington, Oregon, California IN: PAP SU:


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