> Sen. Burton Calls Headwaters Deal
> Greg Lucas, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau
> Friday, August
> The leader of the state Senate said yesterday that as
> far as he is concerned, a much-debated deal to
> purchase the Headwaters Forest has collapsed.
> Senate President Pro Tem John Burton, D-San
> Francisco, said Pacific Lumber, the owner of the
> 3,000 acres of ancient redwoods in Humboldt
> County, has refused to compromise.
> ``The company has taken a no- negotiation,
> no-change position. They refuse to address our
> legitimate concerns,'' Burton said after an afternoon
> of talks with company officials.
> Pacific Lumber President John Campbell disputed
> the claims.
> Burton's comments came on the same day Pacific
> Lumber began running newspaper ads touting a deal
> it cut with U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, the Clinton
> administration and the Wilson administration.
> That deal, which would combine $250 million in
> federal money with the state's $130 million to buy
> Headwaters and an adjoining 4,500 acres, does not
> go far enough, Burton and other state Senate
> Democrats say.
> Burton has made the state's participation in the
> Headwaters purchase contingent on commitments
> by Pacific Lumber to not log within 100 feet on each
> side of fish-spawning streams located on the firm's
> other 190,000 acres in Humboldt County.
> ``If they ain't budging, they ain't getting $130 million
> of state taxpayer money outta me,'' Burton said.
> Environmentalists say the no- cut buffers should be
> 170 feet. Until yesterday, Pacific Lumber would
> agree to no more than 30 feet.
> Campbell said yesterday that his firm has agreed to
> not log within 100 feet of fish-bearing streams
> whose banks are susceptible to landslides, at least
> for three years while watershed studies are
> conducted. ``The company's come a very, very long
> way on this issue and we've been more than
> reasonable,'' Campbell said.
> State lawmakers and the firm have been negotiating
> for months. It is unclear whether further talks are
> scheduled. If no further progress is made, the
> Headwaters deal dissolves in March 1999, when the
> $250 million pledge from the federal government
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