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WASHINGTON CITIZENS FOR WORLD TRADE: EXPORT GROUP URGES FOCUS ON FEDERAL FOREST RESTRICTIONS, CALLS CHANDLER-GORTON BILL 'UNNECESSARY'

WASHINGTON CITIZENS FOR WORLD TRADE: EXPORT GROUP URGES FOCUS ON FEDERAL FOREST RESTRICTIONS, CALLS CHANDLER-GORTON BILL 'UNNECESSARY'
 OLYMPIA, Wash., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released today by Washington Citizens for World Trade:
 "One more bill on state log exports won't help timber communities," said Nick Kirkmire, executive director of Washington Citizens for World Trade, in response to a bill filed today by Congressman Rod Chandler and Sen. Slade Gorton to ban from export the 25 percent of state logs not already so restricted.
 "Chandler and Gorton are barking up the wrong tree," Kirkmire said. "If supply and demand conditions warrant, the Administration already has the authority to order a restriction. Legislation is simply unnecessary.
 "Let's keep this in perspective," Kirkmire said. "The actual amount of state logs still available for export is perhaps 90 million board feet per year. If all those logs were in one place -- and they're not -- that might keep one mill busy, perhaps 100 jobs, until you subtract the port jobs lost in the bargain. Spread over the state, this effort won't net five jobs per timber town. By contract, the lawsuits and restrictions over federal timber are costing our state on the order of 20,000 total jobs.
 "We should also remember that restrictions on state log exports already cost Washington taxpayers about $120 million a year, which used to be paid by overseas customers. I wonder how they think we'll all pay for our school construction fund.
 "This bill is no solution to the crisis created by over- restriction of federal timber lands. We have enough public timber for those mills, but Congress won't -- or can't -- shoulder the real work of balancing preservation and jobs. Timber folks haven't heard a promise of a real solution in quite a while," Kirkmire said, "but they'll know this isn't it."
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 NOTE TO EDITORS: This release anticipates introduction of a bill on Thursday, Feb. 27, by Rep. Rod Chandler (R-Wash.) and Sen. Slade Gorton (R-Wash.) to cause the restriction from export from Washington state lands of the 25 percent of log sales from those lands not already so restricted. This statement may be used at any time after the announcement by those bill sponsors.
 /CONTACT: Nick Kirkmire of Washington Citizens for World Trade, 206-786-1770/ CO: Washington Citizens for World Trade ST: Washington IN: PAP SU: LEG


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