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WASHINGTON STATE FOREST PRACTICES BOARD URGES RELEASE OF DRAFT FEDERAL SPOTTED OWL RECOVERY PLAN

 WASHINGTON STATE FOREST PRACTICES BOARD URGES RELEASE
 OF DRAFT FEDERAL SPOTTED OWL RECOVERY PLAN
 TACOMA, Wash., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Washington State Forest Practices Board unanimously adopted a resolution urging Secretary of the Interior Manual Lujan to release the draft federal spotted owl recovery plan as soon as possible, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources said today. The action came after the board received a joint letter from Public Lands Commissioner Brian Boyle and Gov. Booth Gardner encouraging the board to "sustain the momentum we now have toward resolution of the owl issue on non-federal lands."
 "Gov. Gardner and I think it is important to stress our strong mutual agreement that inaction at the federal level -- even when using the Administration's 90-day regulatory moratorium as justification -- should not be permitted," said Boyle.
 The joint letter requested the board to begin focusing on "owl protection needs on non-federal lands in concert with federal protection."
 The resolution adopted by the board expressed the board's desire "to develop appropriate state regulations to most efficiently carry out the direction of state law with regard to the spotted owl." Board members made their intentions clear that this process must begin after adoption of a final owl recovery plan.
 "The Forest Practices Board has a key role to play in bringing this issue to a final resolution, but we cannot operate in a vacuum with no federal direction," said Kay Gabriel, a member of the board and representative of the Governor's Department of Trade and Economic Development. "We also must express caution -- this is not a panacea; the board has tremendously difficult issues to address once the federal owl recovery plan is adopted."
 "The absence of a federal owl recovery plan is a defacto federal regulation on non-federal lands," said Boyle. "Land owners cannot operate in such an environment."
 The 11-member Forest Practices Board is responsible for regulating Washington's state and private forest lands. The board has been working since May 1991 to develop progressive methods for regulating the state's forestry industry by considering entire landscapes and watersheds.
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 /CONTACT: Peter B. Summerville or Sandi Snell of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, 206-753-5330/ CO: Washington State Departmentment of Natural Resources ST: Washington IN: PAP SU:


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