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By Deborah Carl

Conservative LDS Rep. Joins Group to Oppose US Forest Service

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA -- The U.S. Forest Service plan for protecting the Sierra Nevada ecosystem is being opposed by timber and cattle industries, recreational users and the Quincy Library Group. The Forest Service's plan includes preserving old-growth trees, reducing off-road vehicle access and grazing, and protecting sensitive ecosystems to enhance water quality.

Conservative Republican, Rep. Wally Herger, a members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, joined with Senator Dianne Feinstein, and representatives of several Sierra Nevada jurisdictions and Native American tribes to form the Quincy Library Group. They formulated a plan that covers approximately the same ground and became the Forest Recovery Act of 1998.

The Quincy Library Group contends that "California spotted owl science has been misused" by the Forest Service in developing the Sierra Nevada plan, thereby exposing the entire ecosystem "to catastrophic wildfire, economic vulnerability and social collapse. "The Quincy Library Group's plan calls for resource management, harvesting small groups and individual trees, and creating defensible fire breaks as well as protecting steams, rivers, lakes, and shorelines.


Opponents blast plan for Sierra
San Francisco Chronicle 21Apr01 T2
By Eric Brazil: Chronicle Staff Writer
Timber, cattle, recreation groups attack Forest Service proposal


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