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PASSAGE OF FOREST HEALTH BILL PROVIDES RELIEF TO FOREST PRODUCTS WORKERS, IMPROVES HEALTH OF OUR NATION'S FORESTS, SAYS LABOR OFFICIAL

PASSAGE OF FOREST HEALTH BILL PROVIDES RELIEF TO FOREST PRODUCTS WORKERS, IMPROVES HEALTH OF OUR NATION'S FORESTS, SAYS LABOR OFFICIAL
 WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement was released today by Mike Draper, executive secretary of the Western Council of Industrial Workers (WCIC), in response to the passage of The National Forest Health Act of 1992 (H.R. 4890), introduced by Rep. Larry LaRocco (D-Idaho), out of the House Subcommittee on Forests, Family Farms and Energy:
 On behalf of the 30,000 members of the WCIC, I want to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to the subcommittee for passage of this important legislation. Congressman LaRocco, along with Chairman Harold Volkmer (D-Mo.) and Congressman Richard Stallings (D-Idaho) deserve special thanks from all forest-products workers for their leadership in passing this bill.
 H.R. 4890 will provide emergency relief to the thousands of forest-products workers who have been suffering the effects of the timber supply crisis for far too long. The bill will make some supply of timber available for production by allowing for the removal of many of the dead and dying trees that are waiting to breed fire, insect infestation and disease within our federal forests.
 Clearing our forests of dead wood also will reduce the risk of forest fires and help improve the critical forest health problem of the Western United States.
 We thank the subcommittee for realizing that this bill is a win- win piece of legislation -- it will help protect forest-products workers, forest health and essential forest ecosystems and wildlife.
 We look to Congress to keep this momentum going as we continue to work towards a comprehensive, balanced solution to the timber supply crisis.
 The Western Council of Industrial Workers is headquartered in Portland, Ore.
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 /CONTACT: Mike Draper of the WCIC, 202-546-6206; or Jeff Joseph, 202-452-9431 for the WCIC/ CO: Western Council of Industrial Workers ST: District of Columbia, Oregon IN: PAP SU: LEG


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