Save Our National Forests from Reckless Logging

Magnificent old growth California Redwoods.

Target: U.S. House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi

Goal: Stop efforts of anti-environmentalists in Congress to destroy our national forests with logging and road development.

Our national forest system could be destroyed by the Resilient Forests Act of 2015. This extreme legislation would exempt logging and road building from oversight on 23 square miles at a time. It creates shortcuts that rush environmental oversight and, in some cases, remove all public comment. In short, the Resilient Forests Act opens up our woods for the timber industry to log without answering to anyone for it. The point of the Act’s name is that forests will recover regardless what is done to them, but this is not the case and the authors of this bill know it. When something goes wrong the bonding requirements of this bill prevent anyone from going to court to stop a logging operation, regardless what effect it’s having.

Congress needs to focus on the real issues facing our national forests. We need funding for fire-fighting as climate-change-created drought accelerates forest fires, especially in the west. We need science-based conservation programs that work to restore the health of our forests after they’ve been extensively logged.

The Resilient Forests Act encourages reckless logging practices and is part of an assault on our public lands that’s unprecedented. It has been approved by the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources and by the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture. This isn’t the only terrible forest bill this year either. The National Forest Management Improvement Act guts the 45-year-old National Environmental Policy Act and turns salvage logging into massive clearing projects even though removing burned trees can exacerbate fire damage and increase the risk of more fires in the future.

Over 165 million people enjoy our national forests every year and generate about $13 billion in economic activity that supports over 190,000 jobs in nearby communities. These bills would undermine all of that. These dangerous bills need to be stopped before they destroy the public lands that Americans cherish.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear House Minority Leader Pelosi,

The Resilient Forests Act is part of an anti-environmental assault on our national forests. Our public lands are supposed to be our birthright, but this bill seeks to eliminate the public’s involvement and get around environmental oversight. The point of its name is that forests will always recover regardless what is done to them, but this is not the case and the authors of this act know it. When something does go wrong, the bonding requirements of this bill prevent a lawsuit to stop a logging operation regardless what effect it’s having. The National Forest Management Improvement Act guts the 45-year-old National Environmental Policy Act and turns salvage logging into massive clearing projects that leave a region more vulnerable to fire than before.

Over 165 million people enjoy our national forests every year and generate about $13 billion in economic activity that supports over 190,000 jobs in nearby communities. These bills would undermine all of that. This is dangerous legislation that must be defeated. It makes a mockery of multiple use and could destroy the public lands we cherish.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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11 Comments

  1. Trees and forests embody the spirit of the earth. They used to be venerated in various parts of the globe in a distant past. Soon afterwards people competed for the sake of timber, wars, land and greed, ruthlessly destroying all.- I like to recall the episode of the “Lord of the Rings” in which trees take their revenge…Sure to happen one day, as long as but one seedling survives the general destruction, and the planet has a chance to recover…

  2. Stan Benton says:

    This is just one more instance of our crooked politicians selling out to the super rich and their sleazy corporations. It’s been a long time, indeed, since more than a handful of honest, caring politicians gave a darn about the people of this country, or even the environment, or even preserving life on Earth.

  3. Jeana Dinkelspiel says:

    Congress: “Here, Logging Industry, you can have our National Forests. Go ahead, carve bare roads into the mountainsides, cut down the trees, leave the wildlife with little food or shelter, and keep the profits to yourselves. Just be sure to leave that campaign check on your way out. We’ve made sure that no one can stop you or challenge your right to do this… we’ve got your back.”

  4. Jane Morrow says:

    What an utterly ridiculous and short-sighted piece of legislation. It must be stopped in its tracks now. Given the current state of the planet all forests should be protected and cherished.

  5. michael guest says:

    Dumb politicians just don’t care what they’re doing or what they want. Every time they try to attack important things, we have to stop them. For this one, our national forests belong to all of us. We must tell them that they not for sale. These trees need to stay protected for future generations.

  6. caryl sawyer says:

    Doubt Pelosi will do much, but signed.

  7. GREEDY PEOPLE !!! Listen to the voice of reason please protect the environment

  8. Lucy Kelly says:

    Actually, fire is a part of some ecosystems. Eg some seeds dont germinate until a fire has triggerred them to. They then know ground has been cleared for them to grow in and they will have sun and rain and less competition for root space. Thus some animals depend on fires to restart their habitat and to give them shoots to eat rather than strong wood they cant eat. Some other animals want older plants that produce berries and nuts. Thus its a merrygoround of life. The circle of Life. God made it. Please let it be where this is the case eg in the eucalyptus scrubland of California.

  9. WE NEED OUR FORESTS! — OUR PLANET NEEDS OUR FORESTS!

  10. Establish an “Endangered Ecosystem Act” for oldgrowth woodlands, wild meadows, wetlands, ect…,like that for endangered species that will not only permanently protect iconic species but also provide sanctuary to all biodiversity of life of both flora and fauna that depend on those natural environments to survive. This is the precipice of priority, not only to the survival of our species, but all life on earth.

  11. For any elected official to override the expressed wishes of the majority of his or her constituents is an act of treason and such action deserves to be treated as treason, and punished by long imprisonment or death, depending on the severity of the offense.

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