- For a period of 5 years S. 1028 protects 494 thousand
acres that are presently
available for harvesting based on the existing Land
Management plans. This means no harvesting and no
roads! At the end of 5 years the program
will be reviewed and if progress meets goals then the 148
thousand acres of "deferred" areas could be
reviewed for potential thinning treatment.
- S. 1028 protects riparian areas by
adopting the Scientific Analysis Team's standards and guidelines for Riparian Habitat
Conservation Areas which are more stringent
than existing riparian protection standards.
- S. 1028 does not permit
harvesting of old-growth forests. Adherence to the
California Spotted Owl Interim Guidelines and the final
California Spotted Owl Environmental Impact Statement
decision is stipulated in the bill language.
- There is no clearcutting
associated with S. 1028!
- S. 1028 does not double
logging on 2.5 million acres of National Forest. The
40,000 - 60,000 acres stipulated in the bill is
approximately the same level of treatment proposed for
the 1997 fiscal year plan of work for the three forests.
- S. 1028 will not divert
funds from other National Forests. The Bill specifically
states that "The Secretary may not conduct the pilot
project using funds appropriated for any other unit of
the National Forest System."
- There will not be a large
amount of road building associated with the pilot
project. The projected 117 miles of new roads
identified in the withdrawn California
Spotted Owl Revised Draft Environmental Impact Statement
as being needed to implement the fuelbreak strategy
missed a key element of the Fuelbreak
Strategy that said that
fuelbreaks would be "located, where possible, along
- S. 1028 stipulates that all environmental
laws will be followed!