to the Editor)
will plunder natural heritage
As former U.S.
representatives, we believe The Oregonian does truth a disservice
by applauding the deceptively named "Healthy Forests"
bill, which is plunder of our natural heritage disguised as fire
prevention ("At last, a fire bill," Nov. 22).
With environmental laws and judicial review diminished and timber
interests paid off, many of our last wild forests and their biodiversity
will be doomed.
an extraordinary national forest management bill, the Act to Save
America's Forests, would properly balance protection and sustainable
use. Previously cosponsored by more than 140 members of the U.S.
Senate and House, including Oregon's former Rep. Elizabeth Furse,
the act is endorsed by more than 600 leading scientists, including
Jane Goodall and E.O. Wilson.
of science, popular will and common sense, the act would accomplish
what Americans demand -- end clear-cutting and fully protect roadless
and ancient forests and native species, while allowing ecologically
sustainable logging of second-growth stands.
The Act to
Save America's Forests provides an aptly named and honest antidote
to the fire bill fraud.
JAMES WEAVER Eugene