Urges the Bush Administration, Congress, the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of the Interior, and the US Secretary of Commerce to fully implement the Northwest Forest Plan.
WHEREAS, the Northwest Forest Plan was adopted in 1994 to balance timber production with protection for wildlife habitat on Federal forestlands in the Pacific Northwest,
WHEREAS, the Plan was intended to provide a sustainable and predictable supply of timber harvest for economic stability of local communities,
WHEREAS, due to fires and other forest pathogens, the Plan has not successfully protected Old Growth forest habitat and has failed to deliver on its promise of a sustainable forest economy,
WHEREAS, vast areas of forestland are in need of management within the region of The Northwest Forest Plan; forests and wildlife habitat are not protected from catastrophic wildfire and other destructive forces,
WHEREAS, litigation and procedural delays have prevented the implementation of The Plan in the balanced manner it was intended,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that members of the Oregon Logging Conference respectfully request US President George W. Bush, Honorable Members of the US House of Representatives and US Senate, the Secretary of Agriculture and Secretary of Interior, act to revise and fully implement the Northwest Forest Plan and drop the burdensome survey and management requirements in order to produce healthy forests and a predictable supply of timber.