|The Watchdog Newsletter
3 March 2001
DUNCAN SPEAKING ON TUESDAY
Please support Duncan by attending his lecture at the NewSchool of Architecture on Tuesday, 24 April 2001.
City Building, Sprawl and Open Space
PREDATOR KILLING UPDATES
Good news: Idaho has dropped its proposal to fund a study involving the killing of bears and cougars because of the public outcry. Oregon also has second thoughts on submitting a funding proposal to US Fish & Wildlife Service for their cougar killing study because of the overwhelming number of public comments against such an outrageous proposal. Third piece of good news: the House Appropriations Committee of Colorado has killed the funding of a study of coyote killing to try to increase the deer population for hunters. All this news holds out hope that finally the West will recognize the role that our top predators play in a natural, balanced ecosystem.
SoCal NATIONAL FOREST MANAGEMENT PLAN UPDATES
The Management Plans for the four SoCal National Forests - Cleveland, Angeles, San Bernardino, and Los Padres - are in the process of being updated as the result of the settlement of a lawsuit filed by our friends at the Center for Biological Diversity. The Forest Service is actively soliciting public comments for these updates. We encourage you to write to the Forest Service asking for additional protections for these last reserves of much of SoCal's biodiversity. Following are suggestions for the Forest Service:
1. Fully provide for survival and recovery of all state and federally listed species and Forest Sensitive species.
Public comments for the Notice of Intent to draft an Environmental Impact Statement are due May 5th, 2001. The address to send your comments is:
Southern California Forest Plan Update
Thanks for getting involved in protecting our National Forests!
HAPPY EARTH DAY!!
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