Target: Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, Inc.
Goal: Praise Apple’s decision to purchase sustainably managed forests for the company’s paper products.
The tech company, Apple, Inc, has agreed to purchase precious forest lands that were once destined for clear cutting and development. The land will be managed in a sustainable way to protect the forest’s integrity and wildlife while also providing Apple with the paper needed for its products. Sustainable management of our forests is a progressive plan that ensures a future for forest plants and wildlife. Thank Apple for making the decision to protect our forests’ wildlife and economic viability.
Apple has partnered with The Conservation Fund to purchase 36,000 acres of private forestland in Maine and North Carolina. Currently, 45 million acres of U.S. private forest is in danger of deforestation for development projects. Apple has saved these forested lands from complete destruction.
The forests will be sustainably managed by The Conservation Fund and will follow green practices in regards to timber harvesting. Clearcutting refers to the complete cutting of all trees in a large tract. Sustainable practices will access which trees should and shouldn’t be cut. A forest is always in a state of change and cutting trees in a sustainable way can actually reduce the risk of fire and increase new growth. Referred to as a working forest, this land will remain wild while also still providing the economic benefits of timber in a sustainable way.
Sadly, total annihilation of the timber industry will never be the answer. We need to learn to use our resources wisely and a working forest management plan should be in the future of every company that uses paper products. Apple has taken a big step to take control over their paper. This land purchase ensures that Apple’s paper products come from a sustainable, local source. By signing this petition, you are supporting Apple for this progressive purchase.
Dear Mr. Cook,
Your recent land purchase in Maine and North Carolina is a progressive decision that should be applauded. Thousands of acres of land in the United States are in danger of deforestation from development projects. Thanks to your purchase of these forestlands, wildlife, biodiversity, and natural resources are saved. I hope you take your green forestry practices seriously and continue to seek new ways to cut your environmental footprint.
The timber industry does not always have to be destructive. Working forests can provide sustainable wood and pulp as well as keep adequate habitat for wildlife, increase new forest growth, and reduce the risk of fires. Please make sure The Conservation Fund maintains these precious tracts of forest in a sustainable and caring way. Thank you for making this big step. I hope other companies follow in your footsteps of sustainable forestry.
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