The Bush administration is said to be planning a broad review of its public lands policy in response to the growing conflict over spotted owls and national forest management.
However, Rep. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said Wednesday that Agriculture Secretary Clayton Yeutter told him this week the administration remains convinced Northwest lawmakers have overestimated job losses anticipated as a result of owl protection measures."You have suggested the job losses will be in the range of 50,000, but our estimates are not of this magnitude. We see the maximum at perhaps 18,000," Yeutter said in a letter to Wyden.
Jim Moseley, the assistant agriculture secretary for natural resources and environment, told Wyden's aide Steve Jenning that the "comprehensive reassessment" of public lands policy will last at least a year, Jenning said Wednesday.