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Forests / Fires & Logging / Bush Plan / Forest Management #708614

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 22, 2002
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(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Central Point, Oregon: David Gregory) President Bush’s request to Congress to relax environmental rules and let timber companies log national forest land featured; scenes shown of environmentalists protesting Bush’s plan. [BUSH – says we’ve got to do a better job.] [Wilderness Society Linda LANCE†- expresses worry about Bush’s plan.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Manitou Park, Colorado: Roger O’Neil) The opposition and bureaucracy preventing a decision to let loggers thin and clear forests for fire control examined; details given of a Colorado incident in which a fire skipped over an area where the trees had been thinned; computer graphic shown of the effect of tree-thinning on a wildfire. [Forest researcher Dr. Wayne SHEPARD††- explains how thinning helps control fires.] [US Forest Service Rick CABLES†- describes the delays in the decision-making process.] [Sierra Club Sean COSGROVE†- cites opposition to logging large trees.] [Two Evergreen, Colorado, RESIDENTS – say the trees should be thinned.]

Note: Local weather bulletin on screen.

Gregory, David;
O’Neil, Roger;
Williams, Brian

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