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. # # # 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.