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PROPOSED EMBARGO OF OWL RECOVERY PLAN 'MISGUIDED' BOYLE SAYS; STATE WILL PROCEED IN EFFORTS TO FIND SOLUTIONS, CREATE STABILITY

 PROPOSED EMBARGO OF OWL RECOVERY PLAN 'MISGUIDED' BOYLE SAYS;


STATE WILL PROCEED IN EFFORTS TO FIND SOLUTIONS, CREATE STABILITY
 OLYMPIA, Wash., Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The following are comments from Public Lands Commissioner Brian Boyle in response to the Bush administration's apparent decision to embargo the draft spotted owl recovery plan for 90 days.
 "The president's 90-day regulatory moratorium was created to prevent undue economic hardship on businesses in this country. But applying the moratorium to the recovery plan will have exactly the opposite effect. By prolonging the confusion and instability now facing the timber industry, the administration is adding to the economic burdens of Washington state. This is not a solution for our state's citizens.
 "We intend to continue our search for a solution to the current crisis, especially on non-federal lands, with or without the recovery plan. We cannot afford to sit on our hands for another 90 days and allow the situation to grow worse.
 "The federal critical habitat proposal for the spotted owl and the impending release of the Forest Service's final environmental impact statement for the owl provide a reasonably stable situation on federal lands in Washington. This provides the basis for further discussions with non-federal landowners in Washington and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. While the draft recovery plan needed improvement to reduce economic effects, it still would have given us an additional tool to use on non-federal lands. On state forest lands, I still believe that the solution includes the Olympic Experimental Forest, where we can test new forest management methods to both provide commodities and protect the forest ecosystem."
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 /CONTACT: Sara Crickenberger of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, 206-753-5330/ CO: Washington State Department of Natural Resources ST: Washington IN: PAP SU:


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