1996 FWOC Resolution No. 2:
REPEAL THE SALVAGE TIMBER RIDER
|All environmental laws
protecting U.S. national forests were suspended on July 27, 1995, when
President Clinton signed the Timber Salvage Rider to the Recision Act -
an appropriations bill. This Rider specifically eliminates any
citizen review of proposed timber sales, and worst of all, suspends all
previously applicable environmental protections invoked during timber
cutting such as: The Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental
Protection Act, and the National Forest Management Act.
|The Rider directs the
Forest Service to immediately release for sale 6.2 billion board
feet of lumber in the Pacific Northwest forests, including
previously protected old-growth forests, and trees called "associated"
trees. The latter are currently healthy trees, but at risk
because they are near to trees that are to be "salvaged" because of
alleged insect, fire, and similar damage.
|Note that after signing
the Rider, President Clinton publicly acknowledged that his signing of
the Rider was a mistake, however he has failed to keep a promise to
work for repeal of the Rider.
|To repeal this Rider,
Congresswomen Elisabeth Furse (D-OR) and Connie Morella (R-MD) have
introduced H.R. #7245, "Restoration of Natural Resources on Public
Lands Act," in the House of Representatives, and Senator Bill Bradley
(D-NJ) has introduced a companion bill in the U.S. Senate (S.#1595).
|The Federation of Western
Outdoor Clubs is strongly opposed to this so-called Timber Salvage
Rider! It urges President Clinton to fulfill his promise to work
for its repeal, and that congressional representatives from all of the
states support passage of H.R. 2745 and S. 1595. It also urges
that the congressional delegations from the western states do not
support so-called "Forest Health" or "Emergency" legislation, such as
proposed by Idaho's Senator Craig (S. 391), which are blatant
give-aways to the timber industry with NO environmental controls to be
|Member Clubs and individual members of the
FWOC are strongly urged to send a copy of the above Resolution to
President Clinton, the respective State's Congressional delegates,
with any comments of their own on this VERY important issue!
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