[audubon-news] Audubon Statement on Administration Proposal to Weaken the Forest Roadless Rule

  • From: "BIANCHI, John" <JBIANCHI@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2003 15:51:08 -0400

Contact: Perry Plumart


Senior VP Public Policy Calls it a "Policy Based on What's Good for the Timber 

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.

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