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Logging Giantís Lawsuit Defeats Popular U.S. Roadless Policy

Logging Giant's Lawsuit Defeats Popular U.S. Roadless Policy
Activists Name Boise Cascade "Top Enemy" of U.S. Forests; Vow fight in Marketplace
Logging Giant's Lawsuit Defeats Popular U.S. Roadless Policy
Activists Name Boise Cascade "Top Enemy" of U.S. Forests; Vow fight in Marketplace

For Immediate Release: May 11, 2001
Contacts: Michael Brune <mailto: mbrune@ran.org>
Shannon Wright <mailto: shannonw@ran.org>

San Francisco, CA-Yesterday's ruling by U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge to halt implementation of the U.S. Roadless Policy marks an extraordinary victory by Boise Cascade over forest protection efforts and the American public. Boise Cascade-acting as the lead plaintiff and the primary logging industry opponent to the Roadless Policy-was the first to file suit along with the State of Idaho to defeat the measure in Federal Court in January.

Boise Cascade's position runs counter to powerful trends among top wood and paper customers and the U.S. public. More than four hundred companies-including top Boise Cascade customers such as Kinko's, Home Depot, and Lowe's-have begun to eliminate all wood and paper purchases from endangered, old growth forests. Overwhelming support for wilderness protection among the general public has driven these market shifts. A national poll conducted by the Los Angeles Times and published earlier this month found that nine in ten Americans said it is important that wilderness is preserved, with nearly six in ten in favor of the Roadless Policy and four in ten proclaiming that they are active in environmental issues.

"There's no doubt whatsoever that the will of the American people is to protect our few remaining roadless areas," stated Michael Brune, Campaigns Director for Rainforest Action Network (RAN). "If Boise Cascade is to get its way, what kind of future are we leaving to our kids and to future generations?"

The U.S. Roadless Policy is considered among the most significant land conservation measure of the past 100 years, and would have protected 58.5 million wilderness acres from commercial logging and road building. Called the most popular federal policymaking decision in U.S. history,the roadless policy generated 1.6 million letters from citizens across the country, five time more than any other policy announcement. Ninety-five percent of respondents favored the strongest possible protection.

"If this measure stands, our gloves come off in the fight against Boise Cascade in the U.S. marketplace," asserted RAN's Brune. "Boise Cascade will be permanently branded as a top enemy of forest protection and will face a steady wave of protests and contract cancellations the likes of which the company has never seen."

In stark contrast to yesterday's news, environmental groups celebrated a landmark forest protection victory last month in British Columbia. After a multi-year 'markets campaign' targeting the top customers of British Columbia's logging industry, RAN and other environmental groups helped to redefine logging practices in the coastal temperate rainforest in British Columbia and protect more than 3.5 million acres of ancient forest. The final announcement was the product of an intense negotiation that may bring an end to the "war in the woods" in coastal British Columbia.

RAN's "Stop Boise Cascade" web site at:
will help you start organizing protests and boycotts of Boise Cascade's products. Additionally, share your concerns with Boise Cascade at:


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