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NFC: Fw: Resources other than timber now of secondary importance on Monongahela



Officials in the Elkins office of Monongahela National Forest have made
clear to employees there that " resources are secondary to getting the
out."  What this means, in effect, is to hell with biodiversity, to hell
with watershed protection, to hell with maintaining soil nutrient levels,
to hell with declining species and to hell with their own professed
philosophy.  Tracing it back, the orders come from the Milwaukee Office
the Forest Service.  Rumors are that it originated from the "timber god"
the Washington office of USDA, maybe the new Deputy Secretary, Jim
who came on in July 2001 or Deputy Undersecretary David Tenney.  

For those who didn't receive the previous mail, Monongahela has been
ordered to triple timber production from about 7 million 
board feet/yr. to 20 million/yr. 

There are strong indications that other National Forests in the East and
Southeast are gearing up to increase harvest.

This move is evidently a part of the Bush Administration's strategy to
stimulate the economy by raping the land.

PLEASE send e-mail objecting to this to the Forest Supervisor of
Monongahela, Don Carroll, at dgcarroll at fs_fed.us 
And copy it to the regional forester in Milwaukee at rtjacobs at fs_fed.us
And to the Chief of the Forest Service at dbosworth at fs_fed.us
And to USDA Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment,
David Tenney at David.Tenney at usda_gov
And to the Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Jim Mosely at
Jim.Moseley at usda_gov   
And to Sec of Ag Ann Veneman at agsec at usda_gov

Please take a few minutes to do this, and PASS THE WORD ALONG.



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