Sierra Club pans Ozark Forest plan

(June 8, 2004) - (Little Rock-AP) -- A conservation group is taking issue with a Bush Administration plan to combat pests that are killing trees in the Ozark and St. Francis National Forests. U-S Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman announced in Little Rock yesterday that the administration's Healthy Forests Initiative, which should curb fires and hinder the spread of the Southern pine beetle and red oak borer. The Sierra Club held a news conference after Veneman's talk and said the plan will mostly benefit timber companies. The group says U-S Forest Service timber management policies were to blame for the infestations of the pests.