Quincy bill unifies opposition

  Dear HCN,


The recent article (HCN, 9/29/97) on the Quincy Library Group bill (S.1028) once again implies that this is a divisive issue caused by friction between the national environmental groups and the grass roots. That's just not accurate. The vast majority of the environmental community is opposed to S.1028. Rather than dividing, this legislation has unified conservationists in opposition to such a large-scale and precedent-setting experiment.


The QLG bill is not a balanced solution to managing more than 2 million acres of national forest lands. The bill mandates far higher levels of logging than are currently allowed, and would prescribe "group selection" (small clear-cuts up to two acres in size) across 9,300 acres of forest lands each year, increasing habitat fragmentation and threatening sensitive wildlife species.


This is not an issue of nationals vs. locals but rather one of a handful of well-intentioned activists in one community believing it's appropriate for them to wheel and deal on behalf of all Americans for two-and-a-quarter national forests.


As local grassroots leaders in California and Nevada, who have been longtime friends and associates with the few Quincy-area environmentalists who advocate the QLG solution, we respect their good intentions but we disagree that legislatively adopting their compromise solution will be good for the national forest lands in question.


We do believe, however, that some of the concepts within the QLG bill are worth considering as a smaller-scale, non-legislated pilot project on an experimental basis. Only then, after seeing the results, and with the fullest possible public involvement, should there be any consideration given to adopting a large-scale program.





John Buckley, Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center, Twain Harte, California;


Sally Miller, Friends of the Inyo, Lee Vining, California; John Preschutti, Plumas Forest Project, Blairsden, California; Don Jacobson, Tahoe Forest Issues Group, Grass Valley, California; Craig Thomas, Friends Aware of Wildlife Needs, Kelsey, California; Stephen Sayre, Lassen Forest Preservation Group, Chico, California; Joe Fontaine, Sequoia Task Force, Tehachapi, California; Marge Sill, Toiyabe Chapter, Sierra Club, Reno, Nevada; Dick Kuntsman, Yosemite Area Audubon, Mariposa,


California


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