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NATIONAL FOREST PRODUCTS ASSOCIATION RESPONDS TO FOREST SERVICE REPORT

 NATIONAL FOREST PRODUCTS ASSOCIATION
 RESPONDS TO FOREST SERVICE REPORT
 PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement was issued by Frank Gladics, vice president, National Forest Products Association, upon release of the Forest Service's timber sales report for fiscal 1991:
 "Forest industry workers have little to be thankful for this holiday. The Forest Service's timber sales and harvest report for fiscal 1991 is another dose of frightening economic news for an industry and nation reeling from joblessness and company closings.
 "The 6.3 billion board feet of timber sold by the agency is the lowest level since 1953, when it sold 4.7 billion board feet. And the figure is more than 30 percent below the Forest Service's congressionally-assigned target for the year.
 "These dismal figures should put to rest allegations by environmental special interest groups that the national forests are being overcut. At the same time, they draw into sharp focus the disastrous consequences of unlimited appeals of national forest timber sales, which reached a record high of 1,154 in fiscal 1990.
 "The low sales volume is directly attributable to a system that has grown dysfunctional by allowing unbridled appeals and litigation of sales, often by persons who took no part in the forest-planning process.
 "Congress must take steps to streamline the timber sales appeals process to ensure that the agency meets its fiscal 1992 sales target, which was set by Congress.
 "Otherwise, we expect serious unemployment problems in the coming year and well into the future. The sales dropoff of 3.2 billion board feet in fiscal 1991 could result in the loss of almost 32,000 timber- related jobs nationwide.
 "Congress' failure to act not only will add to unemployment, but will result in increased prices for housing and wood products, thus making economic recovery even more difficult."
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 /CONTACT: Frank Gladics of National Forest Products Association, 202-463-2752, or Barry Polsky for National Forest Products Association, 202-463-2467/ CO: National Forest Products Association ST: Washington, Oregon, California IN: PAP SU:


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