One down, three to go

  Following the belief that conservation, like charity, begins at home, Ecotrust was founded three years ago in Oregon to save temperate rain forests in North America. The organization chose four rain forests to concentrate on. Now, thanks to a Canadian timber company, it can devote its resources to the three rain forests still at risk. Off the list is British Columbia's Kitlope Valley, a large, pristine rain forest ecosystem. In response to requests from the Haisla people, assisted by Ecotrust, the West Fraser Timber Co. agreed in August to surrender its rights to log 800,000 acres of public land in the Kitlope Valley. The company retains the right to log 200,000 acres. The British Columbia provincial government and the Haisla nation have also pledged not to log the Kitlope Valley. Still at risk are three other rain forests Ecotrust hopes to protect: Willapa Bay in southwest Washington state, the Prince William Sound and Copper River delta ecosystem in the Gulf of Alaska, and Clayoquot Sound in western Canada. Ecotrust's guiding principle is to protect natural areas by encouraging economic development that enhances human communities. For information about Ecotrust or the Kitlope Valley, contact Arthur Dye, Ecotrust, 1200 N.W. Front Ave., Suite 470, Portland, OR 97209 (503/227-6225).

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