MISSION STATEMENT FOR FOREST CONFERENCE WORKING GROUPS
The mission statement that follows has been provided to
members of the three inter-agency working groups created to help
meet the President's mandate to his cabinet to craft a plan to
break the gridlock over forest management in the Pacific
Northwest and northern California. It reflects guidance given to
the working groups when they were created and sets the parameters
for their recommendations.
The three working groups are:
Ecosystem Management Assessment to identify alternative
strategies for a scientifically sound, ecologically credible,
legally responsible basis for managing the federal forests of the
Pacific Northwest and northern California;
Labor and Community Assistance to identify alternatives
for assisting individuals and communities affected by changes in
federal timber sales programs and policies in the region;
Agency Coordination to identify opportunities to improve
the working relationships among federal and state agencies in the
region to reduce impediments to stronger cooperative, working
relationships among all parties.
The names of working groups members also follow here.