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RUMORED FOREST MANAGEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS UNACCEPTABLE, SAYS LABOR LEADER

 PORTLAND, Ore., June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Mike Draper, executive secretary of the Western Council of Industrial Workers, issued the following statement today in response to reports concerning federal forest management recommendations presented to President Clinton by administration officials:
 The harvest levels that have been recommended to President Clinton as reported in the media are unacceptable to the 30,000 members of the Western Council of Industrial Workers and to forest products-related workers throughout the nation.
 The reported level of annual harvest, 1.2 billion board feet, is not "high" to the approximately 85,000 men and women who would lose their jobs if this recommendation is implemented. Nor is it high to the 75 percent of the American public who said it would be unacceptable to risk even 10,000 jobs to save the spotted owl, in a survey we sponsored two weeks ago.
 Throughout the process of attempting to develop a solution to the federal forest management crisis, we have continually called for a balanced solution that will protect forests and families. The reported recommended level of harvest does not mesh with our idea of balance.
 The environmental community's rabid response to this recommendation only underscores their intransigence and their lack of concern about forest products workers, our families and our communities. They will not be happy until all forests are locked up from harvest and all our members are unemployed.
 President Clinton promised a balanced solution to the crisis -- We urge to him to keep this promise and commit our help as he prepares to review various forest management recommendations. We trust he'll consider what we've been saying all along -- it is not right for working men and women to take all the risks in order to protect forests and owls.
 We pledge to continue to work with the administration to reach a truly balanced solution.
 The Western Council of Industrial Workers, headquartered in Portland, represents 30,000 men and women in the forest products industry.
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 /CONTACT: Mike Draper, 503-228-0235, or Jeff Joseph, 202-452-9431, both for Western Council of Industrial Workers/


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