Contact: Perry Plumart 202/861-2242 pplumart@xxxxxxxxxxx AUDUBON'S BOB PERCIASEPE STATEMENT ON THE ADMINISTRATION'S PROPOSAL TO WEAKEN THE ROADLESS RULE Senior VP Public Policy Calls it a "Policy Based on What's Good for the Timber Industry" Washington, DC, June 12, 2003 - "The Administration has taken a Paul Bunyan-sized ax to the National Roadless Area Conservation Rule. The Administration is stripping away protections for the Tongass and Chugach Forests in Alaska and allowing states to apply for exemptions from the roadless rule. The clear intent of this policy is increased timber cutting and increased road building. This is not a policy based on what is good for birds and other wildlife: it's a policy based on what's good for the timber industry. "The Administration is handing over to the special interests some of the most intact old-growth temperate rainforest left in the world by opening up the Tongass and Chugach to logging and development. These pristine forests provide irreplaceable habitat for bald eagles, grizzly bears and wild salmon. "I urge Audubon members and our friends to fight the changes to the National Roadless Area Conservation Rule. The implementation of the rule had more Americans commenting on it and supporting it than any other federal rule in history. We will not let this success be overturned. We will fight the weakening of the roadless rule and work to preserve these wild places for birds, wildlife, and all Americans." Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Our national network of community-based nature centers and chapters, scientific and educational programs, and advocacy on behalf of areas sustaining important bird populations, engage millions of people of all ages and backgrounds in positive conservation experiences. # # # You are subscribed to Audubon-News. To unsubscribe, send email to audubon-news-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field. To adjust other settings (vacation, digest, etc.) please visit, http://www.freelists.org/list/audubon-news.