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Lisa Dix, American Lands
Rural Resident Protests Roadless Rule Rollbacks Up A Tree In Hood River
In the early morning of Mon. May 30th, a platform was erected about 60 ft.
above the ground near the middle of Hood River, OR. A man going by the name
Lorax, is sitting in the platform and will not come down. He is protesting the Bush
Administration eliminating the Roadless Area Conservation Rule and putting in its
place a process where each state governor can petition for protection of certain
Lorax's statement: "In July 2004 the Bush Administration decided to ignore
the sentiment of the American citizens by eliminating the Roadless Area
Conservation Rule and in its place put a meaningless process that will not
necessarily protect anything. We the people, need to remind Bush that we have
already told the government loud and clear how we feel about this piece of
legislation. A record number of Americans wrote to the federal government, 1.6 million,
and over 95% supported the Roadless Rule. Now, without showing any science or
holding one public hearing Bush is throwing the roadless rule out. So, I ask all the
state governors to stand up and say we want all the same lands protected that were
safeguarded under the Clinton rule and demand that the state and federal taxpayers
don't have to pay for this process.
Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski has said that he will start the petition process
but has criticized the Bush Administration for forcing the states to repeat work
already done by federal agencies. Kulongoski also said that Oregon has no
assurance that the administration will do what he asks since the federal government
gets to make the final decision. This move by the administration also opens up
roadless areas burnt by the 2002 Biscuit Fire to logging.
The reason that the man is not releasing his personal information to the
media is that he does not want the media to focus on him instead of the issue at hand.
"Lorax" represents himself and is not with or representing any organization.