Environmental Groups offer
"plan" for "protecting"
communities and "wildlands"
August 22, 2002 - As small
communities and businesses across the U.S. and
particularly in the West struggle to survive,
radical environmentalists continue to come out
with "ideas" to help "save the
environment." The schemes that have
been promoted over the past few years have
gone far to harm citizens and have done
nothing to help the environment. The concept
that "man" is the problem, and that
humans should be relegated to a lower status
than fish is ridiculous.
The real agenda of these
organizations can be seen in an excellent
slide show at "The
Wildlands Project: "Explaining the North
American Wilderness Recovery Strategy."
Following is one more story of
the radical environmentalists' ideas about how
they "perceive" forests should be
protected - at huge expense to people.
WWF and Coalition of
Environmental Groups Offer Plan for
Protecting Communities and Wildlands from
To: National Desk, Environment
Contact: Chris Williams, 202-778-9792 or
Dominick DellaSala, 541-482-4878,
both of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
PORTLAND, Ore., Aug. 21 /U.S.
Newswire/ -- A coalition of
environmental groups including World Wildlife
Fund (WWF), The
Sierra Club, The Wilderness Society, and the
Resources Council today released a seven-part
plan for protecting
communities and public land forests. They
called on the Bush
administration and the U.S. Forest Service to
make protection of
communities the agency's top fire management
"It's time to put the
finger-pointing to rest and find real
solutions to the threat of catastrophic fire
to communities and
wildlands," said Bill Eichbaum, WWF's
vice president, Endangered
This year alone, fires have
burned across vast acres of forest
in the U.S., causing unprecedented damage to
public and private
property. WWF believes that much of this
damage could have been
avoided, and hopes that this new initiative
will focus resources on
constructive solutions for a workable
The seven-part plan calls on
the administration to:
-- Do the most important work
first. Reduce fuels in the
Community Protection Zone -- the first 500
meters out from
buildings. Take out flammable brush and small
trees and fireproof
-- Provide funding that makes a difference.
This program should
span a minimum of five years and receive
funding at $2 billion a
year to go directly to fireproofing homes and
fuels in the Community Protection Zones.
-- Shift U.S. Forest Service personnel skilled
brush clearing and thinning projects from
backcountry, low priority
areas to Ranger Districts near the Community
-- Carry out immediately the vast majority of
projects in Community Protection Zones that
raise no significant
environmental issues. Work together with
environmentalists to plan fuel reduction
activities that may
involve critical wildlife habitat.
-- Restore natural fires to have natural
review and carefully monitor prescribed burn
burns can help to reduce fuel buildup and
restore healthy forest
habitats. Every dollar spent on prescribed
burning saves seven
dollars on fighting large fires later.
-- Protect our ancient and unroaded forests
from logging and
logging roads. Numerous studies demonstrate
that roadless forests
are at reduced risk of fire and sustain much
less damage than
roaded and logged areas.
-- Maintain legal safeguards for the
environment. Ensure full
public participation in decision-making in
management decisions as the best way to deter
practices that exacerbate fire risks.
"A program of community
protection and restoration of natural
fire cycles in the backcountry will safeguard
preserve wildlife and forest habitat, prevent
wildfires, and save taxpayer dollars,"
said WWF forest ecologist
Dominick DellaSala. "It's winners all
World Wildlife Fund, known worldwide by its
panda logo, leads
international efforts to protect the diversity
of life on earth.
Now in its fourth decade, WWF works in more
than 100 countries
around the globe.