FWOC RESOLUTION #19
_EXPLOITATION OF THE SIBERIAN FORESTS_
|The Siberian forest has
been protected for centuries by the political isolationism of
Russia. During the Soviet period, lack of technological
development inhibited Russians from cutting timber in any
quantity. Now, however, the political changes in Russia leave the
mysterious, sensitive taiga forest unprotected and vulnerable.
Russians want to join the rest of the world ina market economy.
Businessmen inside and outside Russia see this forest, which has 2/3 of
the earth's remaining timber, as a source of revenue. The Pacific
Northwest timber crisis has put additional pressure on the taiga as
timber companies see that forest as their salvation and are setting up
|The Federation of
Outdoor Clubs appeals to the Weyerhaueser Company and other timber
companies to refrain from conducting on Russian soil the same
destructive forest practices traditionally conducted in the United
States; to cease any forestry activity in the Botcha River Basin and
other areas of important biological diversity; to immediately implement
local value-added processing in Russia rather than exporting raw logs;
and to engage only in forestry practices that do not jeopardize the
integrity of forest ecosystems.
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