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.
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.
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