Ancient Forest Rescue 
PO Box  7566   Boulder, CO 80306
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE	Monday, October 19, 1998
 
CONTACT:	Jeff Berman	(970) 476-8185

ANCIENT FOREST RESCUE ACTIVISTS ADHERE TO STRICT 
NON-VIOLENCE CODE,  INCLUDING REPUDIATION OF 
DAMAGE TO PERSONS, PROPERTY, OR WILDLIFE

Vail, Colorado.  Ancient Forest Rescue (AFR) has been active in opposing Vail
Resort's "CAT III" expansion over the last year, as it would destroy the Two Elk
Roadless Area.  AFR activists and local opponents have been monitoring Vail
Resorts' expansion for violations of their permit granted by the US Forest
Service.  

We have heard from media reports that today's fire atop the ski mountain may
have been caused by arson.  AFR strictly adheres to a code of non-violence,
including repudiation of damage to persons, property, or wildlife.  If the fire
atop Vail mountain was indeed arson, such an act is completely against AFR's
code of non-violence.

AFR opposes the Vail CAT III expansion; we have and will continue to do so in an
exclusively nonviolent manner.  AFR's nonviolent code includes repudiation of
physical, verbal, or other assaults; preclusion of contributing to escalation of
violence by police, workers, management, or bystanders; and preclusion of
property damage.  This code also includes absolute opposition to any activity
that has even the slightest potential for harm to human beings, their property,
or wildlife.

AFR is not opposed to reliance on the skiing of Vail mountain for the
community's economic health and recreation for the public.  AFR is committed to
the communities of the Vail Valley, and will remain so through these difficult
times.

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