[audubon-news] STATEMENT ON HOUSE PASSAGE OF "HEALTHY FORESTS ACT"

  • From: "BIANCHI, John" <JBIANCHI@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <Audubon-news@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>,<chapter-communicator@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 21 May 2003 13:02:10 -0400

Contact: Perry Plumart
202/861-2242
pplumart@xxxxxxxxxxx

BOB PERCIASEPE, AUDUBON SENIOR VP PUBLIC POLICY, ISSUES
STATEMENT ON HOUSE PASSAGE OF "HEALTHY FORESTS ACT"

Washington, DC, May 21, 2003 - "The so-called "Healthy Forests Act" is 
unhealthy for birds, wildlife, and the forests themselves.  This misnamed 
legislation allows the cutting of healthy, old growth trees far away from 
communities under the guise of protecting these communities from fire.  It 
reduces citizen input and judicial review of forest management.  The bill does 
not do enough to provide effective fire prevention near America's communities.

"Audubon urges the Senate to pass responsible fire management legislation for 
America's forests.  General Accounting Office studies have shown that the real 
fire culprits are out-dated Forest Service policies, not citizen input and 
judicial review.

"This legislation is a continuation of the Administration's relentless assault 
on our nation's forests-home to many endangered and threatened birds and 
wildlife.  Coupled with rolling back the forest roadless rule and taking away 
wilderness protections from federal lands, this legislation continues an 
Administration policy that is about cutting down our nation's forests to "save" 
them.

"Audubon again urges the Senate to pass responsible forest fire prevention 
legislation."

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.

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