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Grumpy 05-15-2012 04:18 PM

Subcommittee Meeting
 
Subcommittee to Hold Washington State Field Hearing on Failed Federal Forest PoliciesDear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands will hold an oversight field hearing entitled "Failed Federal Forest Policies: Endangering Jobs, Forests and Species." The hearing will examine how federal administering of the Northwest Forest Plan and Endangered Species Act has affected local economies, forest health and the Northern Spotted Owl. The hearing is on Monday, May 21, 2012, at 9:00 am at the Cowlitz County Convention Center in Longview, Washington.BRC will have updated info and a report in the coming days and weeks. There will also be opportunity to submit official testimony to the subcommittee. If you live in or near Longview, please try to make time to attend the hearing. See below for time and location.As always, if you have any questions or concerns please contact us.Brian Hawthorne Ric Foster
Public Lands Policy Director Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 102 208-237-1008 ext 107

Grumpy 05-15-2012 04:21 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Crystal Feldman, Spencer Pederson or Jill Strait
Monday, May 14, 2012 202-226-9019
***MEDIA ADVISORY***
Subcommittee to Hold Washington State Field Hearing on
Failed Federal Forest Policies
WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Monday, May 21st, the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands will hold an oversight field hearing in Longview, Washington entitled "Failed Federal Forest Policies: Endangering Jobs, Forests and Species." The hearing will examine how federal administering of the Northwest Forest Plan and Endangered Species Act has affected local economies, forest health and the Northern Spotted Owl.
In 1990, the Northern Spotted Owl was listed under the Endangered Species Act and as a result, the Northwest federal forest management regime was established. Still in effect, the Northwest Forest Plan has proven to be been a failure. The management plan has been driven by lawsuits as opposed to sound science, caused active forest management to plummet, failed in its mission of protecting the Northern Spotted Owl, and contributed to the deterioration of forest health. The Obama administration recently released a new critical habitat proposal for the Northern Spotted Owl that would replace the current management plan. It would place huge portions Washington, Oregon and California off limits to economic development and could indirectly impact over 19,000 Northwest jobs tied to private lands. The proposed plan also fails to adequately address the most serious threat to the Spotted Owl - the Barred Owl.
"The Obama administration's proposed Northwest recovery plan would increase burdensome regulations, cost thousands of jobs, and place more public land off limits, all while failing to address the Spotted Owl's top predator - the Barred Owl. I look forward to hearing from expert witnesses on how we can replace this flawed plan with one that will not only protect the Spotted Owl, but will also protect private property and help restore active forest management so that local communities can prosper and forest health can be restored," said Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04).
"For 20 years now, Southwest Washington has witnessed the damage inflicted by flawed federal forest management policies. These policies have caused rural community and manufacturing jobs to disappear. They have failed to protect our forests that are becoming increasingly vulnerable after years of insufficient management. And they have failed to protect our native wildlife. I'm grateful to Chairman Hastings and the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee for hosting this hearing in a region that believes responsible forest management and sustainable, family-wage jobs can go together. I look forward to hearing from experts and local community stakeholders about the need for a better, more science-based approach to managing our forests," said Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03).
WHO:
Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04)
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03)
WHAT:
Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands oversight field hearing on:
"Failed Federal Forest Policies: Endangering Jobs, Forests and Species"
Witnesses will be by invitation only.
WHEN:
Monday, May 21, 2012
9:00 A.M. PDT
WHERE:
Cowlitz County Convention Center
1900 7th Avenue
Longview, Washington, 98632
Visit the Committee Calendar for testimony and additional information, once it is made available. The hearing is open to the public and a live video stream will be broadcast at http://naturalresources.house.gov/live.
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Grumpy 05-15-2012 04:22 PM

"Invitation only"? Wonderfull...

raspberry 05-16-2012 12:42 PM

Dave, go back and read it again, the bottom line says the hearing is open to the public and a live video stream will be broadcast.

jim putman 05-16-2012 02:04 PM

I have asked Carol Jensen to attend this meeting for me (us) she will have a report for us following. Jim

Grumpy 05-16-2012 02:59 PM

"Witnesses will be by invitation only". That leaves me curious who's on the list to speak. I will be calling Hasting's office here in town to see if they know anything...

Grumpy 05-18-2012 11:07 AM

SUBCOMMITTEE ON NATIONAL PARKS, FORESTS AND PUBLIC LANDS
Cowlitz County Expo and Conference Center, 1900 7th Avenue, Longview, Washington
Monday, May 21, 2012
9:00 a.m. Pacific Time

OVERSIGHT FIELD HEARING ON:

•"Failed Federal Forest Policies: Endangering Jobs, Forests and Species"
WITNESSES AND TESTIMONY:

Panel I

The Honorable Paul Pearce
Chairman
Skamania County Commissioner
Stevenson, WA

Tom Fox
President
Family Forest Foundation
Ethel, WA

Dr. Hal Salwasser
Cheryl Ramberg and Allyn C. Ford Dean of the College of Forestry
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR

Stephen Mealey
Vice President of Conservation
Boone & Crockett Club
Springfield, OR

Kent Connaughton
Pacific NW Regional Forester
U.S. Forest Service
Portland, OR

Bob Abbey (or designee)
Bureau of Land Management

Mitch Friedman
Executive Director
Northwest Ecosystem Alliance
Bellingham, WA

Ernie Niemi
Senior Economist
EcoNorthwest
Eugene, OR

Kelly Kreps
Kreps Ranch, LLC
White Salmon, WA

Tom Nelson
Washington Timberlands Manager
Sierra Pacific Industries
Mt. Vernon, WA

BACKGROUND:

This hearing will examine how federal administering of the Northwest Forest Plan and Endangered Species Act has affected local economies, forest health and the Northern Spotted Owl. In 1990, the Northern Spotted Owl was listed under the Endangered Species Act and as a result, the Northwest federal forest management regime was established. Still in effect, the Northwest Forest Plan has proven to be been a failure. The management plan has been driven by lawsuits as opposed to sound science, caused active forest management to plummet, failed in its mission of protecting the Northern Spotted Owl, and contributed to the deterioration of forest health. The Obama administration recently released a new critical habitat proposal for the Northern Spotted Owl that would replace the current management plan. It would place huge portions Washington, Oregon and California off limits to economic development and could indirectly impact over 19,000 Northwest jobs tied to private lands. The proposed plan also fails to adequately address the most serious threat to the Spotted Owl – the Barred Owl.

Related Files:

•Subcommittee Field Hearing Notice - May 14, 2012
•Subcommittee Witness List - May 18, 2012
•Updated: Subcommittee Witness List - May 18, 2012



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jim putman 05-22-2012 05:34 PM

report
 
Carols report from the hearing. Thanks Carol for attending this meeting.

The House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands met in Longview, Washington on May 21st. The discussion was centered on failed Federal forest Policies, endangering jobs, forests and species. Only invited guests were allowed to speak, however we were allowed to submit written comments. There were approximately 150 people present and 9 speakers. Foresters, government officials, environmentalists and federal timberland officials comprised the panel of speakers.



The panel members said that efforts by the government to increase the protected habitat for the spotted owl and old-growth forest ecosystems will only make things worse.



Commissioner Paul Pearce of Skamania County stressed, “No More Wilderness” until all of these issues have been settled. Tom Fox , Family Forest Foundation, said that the Spotted Owl is harming small private landowners and they need help from Congress. Stephen Mealey, Boone and Crockett Club has seen a 34% decline in hunting because of the impact of the ESA. Dr. Hal Salwsser, private citizen-former Forest Service employee—wants the forests restored for prosperity. Kent Connaughton (33 years with FS) represented Region 6, USFS said that care must be taken of all the forests both national and private targeting restoration. The BLM was invited but was not present.



Mitch Friedman, Northwest Ecosystem Alliance, a conservation group that as organized “lots” of protests against logging—noted that there is no environmental controversy in Colville NF because of collaboration with other groups. He also stated that if Congress wants more timber cut from federal land, then give more money for ecological protections.



Ernie Niemi, EcoNorthwest has spent 30 years analyzing the National Forest and the economy. With more money forests could produce more uncontroversial timber.



Kelly Kreps owns a timber and cattle ranch that has been in his family for 6 generations. Kreps is a small landowner and the owl has impacted how he can use his land. Kreps said, “condemnation without compensation should be illegal.”



The final speaker Tom Nelson, Sierra Pacific Industries, asked that the Fish and Wildlife drop the critical habitat designation. Ninety percent of 110 species listed in the Endangered Species Act are recovering.



The Northwest Forest Plan has been in effect for 18 years, it’s time that congress evaluate it. When questioned by Representative Hastings, one of the panelists said, “Save an ecosystem, not a single species.”



I did submit a comment regarding the impact the ESA has had on recreation.

Arlene Brooks 05-23-2012 01:17 PM

Thanks
 
Thanks Carol for the report - I see the meeting was in your backyard - glad you could cover it for the Association.

Arlene Brooks,
Green River Valley Jeep Club - Region 1


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