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CLINTON ERRED IN SIGNING LAW THAT THREATENS FORESTS

The people cannot take for granted the conservation of our national forests after President Clinton signed into law the 1998 Interior appropriations bill.

It contains anti-environmental riders that threaten our national parks, national forests and other public lands. One provision would increase the taxpayer subsidy to the timber industry for building logging roads in our national forests.

New roads and logging in the unroaded areas of our national forests will put wildlife, water quality and our own recreation at risk. Although Clinton admitted that these "last remaining wild areas are precious," he signed the damaging bill.

It is time to remind the president that there must be action and not just fine words. It is time to send the president a letter expressing support for the protection of our national forests from damaging exploitation.

RUTH NISWANDER Buffalo

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