The Clinton administration drew fire from timber industry officials over its implementation of the emergency timber salvage law during a House Republican task force public hearing.
Meanwhile, conservationists warned Friday that the law could trigger salvage logging that would worsen environmental conditions on national forests.
James Mallory, Clearwater area woodland manager for Potlatch Corp., said the administration has made it clear that it opposes the law and intends to challenge the salvage effort administratively.
The Clearwater National Forest has identified about 37 million board feet of timber salvage on about 8,000 acres under the law. But Mallory said the salvage program is “a very modest program by any standard and geared to existing roaded areas.”