Woodworkers Organize to Protect Rainforests

Many of us who arc concerned about worldwide deforestation feel helpless and frustrated by our inability, as individuals, to halt the destruction. Woodworkers have an additional point to ponder. Do we contribute to the problem when we buy tropical woods? Some advocate a boycott of tropical woods. Others say that the trees will be cut whether we buy the wood or not. Nobody seems to know for sure.

The Woodworkers Alliance for Rainforest Protection WARP), a new organization for woodworkers concerned about the destruction of the Earth's forests, has formed to study the problem and come up with apian for action.

As users of wood, WARP members want to take steps toward conserving Earth's valuable rainforests. WARP's goal is to explore alternative methods of wood harvesting throughout the world to ensure a renewable supply of wood without destroying the forest ecosystem.

Members of WARP's organizing committee include, to name a few: Gary Hartshorn of the World Wildlife Fund, Ivan Ussach of the Rainforest Alliance, forest biologist Richard Jagcls, Dick Boak from Martin Guitars, John Curtis of Luthiers' Mer cantile, Leonard Lee of Lee Valley Tools, woodturner David Ellsworth, Ken Kupsche of Woodcraft Supply, writer Scott Landis and AW associate editor Fiona Wilson.

WARP's first official gathering takes place November 16th to 18th at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. The three-day conference will include speakers—from environmentalists to lumber industry representatives—who will address questions about the rainforest and related issues. A trip is planned to the Boston Museum of Science to view the Smithsonian's traveling exhibition "Tropical Rainforests: A Disappearing Treasure."

WARP welcomes all interested woodworkers as members. For information write to: John Shipstad, WARP Secretarv/Treasurer, P.O. Box 133, Coos Bav, OR 97420 or call (503) 269-6907' The November conference requires pre-registration.

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