Thursday, October 06, 2005

Environmentalists sue Fed

Here's a good one for instance. Didn't see this one on the 6 o clock news did ya? Just not sexy enough I guess. I doubt it would even make a blurb in your local paper sadly. But it's a biggie. And it gives us the "Meet the F#@*kers" quote of the day kids---from the Timber Industry---we mustn't let "MOTHER NATURE RUN AMUK" now should we?! Now that's a classic!

Idiotic quote of the day: "If we let Mother nature run rampant, we're going to get these 100,000 acre fires and it will take centuries for those areas to recover" Chris West. VP of American Resource Council- Timber industry group.

No Mr. West- here's the deal, these people shouldn't BUILD their multi million dollars homes in the FOREST- how about that? Mother nature sadly hasn't "run rampant" for years because she's been raped and pillaged Mr. West. And not only will it take centuries for these trees to grow back, yes- I know they WILL grow back and they ARE a reknewable resource, but we'll be long gone. The air will be so awful we'll barely want to go outdoors, medicines will be non existent because we wanted another road, will we EVER recover from that Mr. West?

Jill


Environmentalists Sue Feds to Block Development in Roadless Forests

By Terence Chea Associated Press Writer
Published: Oct 6, 2005

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A coalition of 20 environmental groups sued the Bush administration Thursday to block road construction, logging and industrial development on more than 90,000 square miles of the nation's last untouched forests.
In the lawsuit, the Sierra Club, National Audubon Society, Greenpeace and other groups challenge the U.S. Forest Service decision earlier this year to repeal President Clinton's 2001 "roadless rule" that protected 58.5 million acres of undeveloped national forest.
"These are the last wild areas of North America, and there is overwhelming public support for their protection from development," said Kristen Boyles, a staff attorney for Oakland-based Earthjustice, which filed the lawsuit on behalf of the plaintiffs.
The federal lawsuit comes about a month after the attorneys general for California, New Mexico and Oregon brought a similar legal challenge. Both lawsuits allege the Bush administration violated federal law by not studying the environmental impacts of repealing the Clinton rule.
The U.S. Forest Service would not comment because the litigation is pending, said spokeswoman Heidi Valetkevitch.
Just before he left office in January 2001, Clinton issued a rule banning development and road building on almost one-third of the nation's 192 million acres of national forest land. The move was praised by environmentalists, but criticized by timber interests.
The Bush administration repealed the rule in May and issued a new policy that required states to work with Forest Service officials to devise management plans for individual forests.
Administration officials and timber industry representatives point out that the Clinton rule was struck down in 2003 by a federal judge who said the executive branch had overstepped its authority when it issued the regulation.
Chris West, vice president of the American Forest Resource Council, a timber industry group, decried the latest lawsuit. He said the environmental groups should participate in the process of determining how individual forests are managed instead of fighting the new regulations. He also said that allowing road construction in undeveloped forests would help prevent catastrophic forest fires.
"If we let Mother Nature run rampant, we're going to get these 100,000-acre fires, and it will take centuries for those areas to recover," West said.
Environmentalists say that roadless forests must be protected because they are some of the most pristine places in the United States, with clean drinking water, unspoiled habitat for fish and wildlife and unrivaled hiking and fishing.
"Because they haven't been logged, mined or roaded, they're still in their natural condition," said Doug Heiken of the Oregon Natural Resources Council.
AP-ES-10-06-05 2232EDT



2 comments:

Protect Our Forests said...

Dear Friends:

On May 5, the Bush administration repealed the widely supported Roadless Area Conservation Rule, opening nearly sixty-million acres of America's last wild National Forests to logging, road construction, mining, oil exploration, and other forms of development.

Under the new policy, if governors wish to have roadless areas within their state protected, they must complete a burdensome petition process and file their recommendations with political appointees at the Department of Agriculture. The federal government is free to accept, modify or reject these petitions, while elected officials and citizens outside those states will have no say at all about the fate of these shared national treasures.

Conservationists throughout the country are joining together to file an official petition with the Bush administration to demand the reinstatement of the 2001 rule. We believe that:


America’s last roadless National Forests belong to each and every American and all our remaining roadless areas should be protected, completely and permanently through reinstatement of the Roadless Area Conservation Rule of 2001.


Join the Petition
If you agree with the statement above, please visit the link below here to join your fellow Americans and sign the petition TODAY! It’s quick, easy, and can help ensure our pristine National Forests remain wild for future generations. A petition with all of the signatures will be presented to President Bush and the Department of Agriculture. Additionally, a copy of the petition will be delivered to your Governor.

www.ourforests.org/petition

Tell Your Friends
We need citizens from every state and all walks of life to sign the petition and join our efforts to protect our last wild forests. Please forward this email to 5 of your friends.

Thank you for your continued support!

Yours –

Tom Swanson
Heritage Forests Campaign

Jill said...

Thanks for work you do and will pass it on.