FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 9, 2014
Contact: Brett Haverstick, Friends of the Clearwater (208) 882-9755
Local conservationists support naming of Clearwater & Lochsa Rivers
as one of America’s top-ten endangered rivers
Moscow-Friends of the Clearwater applauds the national group American Rivers, in conjunction with Idaho Rivers United, for the announcement of the Clearwater & Lochsa Rivers as one of the most endangered rivers in all of America. Despite the river corridor being designated as Wild & Scenic by an act of Congress in 1968, the US Forest Service has failed it’s responsibility in protecting the intrinsic values of this outstanding place by allowing industrial mining equipment, known as megaloads, to use the corridor for a heavy-haul industrial route.
“While the words wild, scenic and endangered generally don’t fit in the same sentence, the naming of the Clearwater & Lochsa Rivers on the most endangered rivers list by American Rivers is completely justifiable due to the continued quest of powerful corporations to attempt to convert this national treasure into a permanent industrial corridor,” said Brett Haverstick, Education & Outreach Director for Friends of the Clearwater. “The threats are real and they won’t go away until the Forest Service does their job.”
The naming of the Clearwater & Lochsa Rivers is another call to action, this time, at the national level.
“Hundreds of citizens, including members of the Nez Perce Tribe, have been working together for years to stop corporations like Exxon and General Electric from trampling our laws, our lifestyles and this very special place,” said Brett Haverstick. “This call to action today emanates at the national level and we urge Chief Tom Tidwell of the US Forest Service to take the appropriate measures needed to comply with established law and protect our national heritage.”
Read the original news release issued by American Rivers and Idaho Rivers United
Read why American Rivers listed the Clearwater/Lochsa Rivers on the top-ten America’s most endangered rivers list.