Stop Clearcutting Forests in California

ID-10017989

Target: House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

Goal: Don’t allow the Army Corps of Engineers to clear-cut California forests.

Vegetation along California’s levees is in danger of being ravaged by the Army Corps of Engineers. They have been instructed to clear away over 1,600 miles of forest land near rivers, without taking into consideration the negative impact it could have on the wildlife located in those areas. By passing the Levee Vegetation Review Act of 2012, the Secretary of the Army will be forced to revisit their policy and do research on its possible effects.

The bill, introduced by U.S. Representative Doris Matsui of California,will demand the Corps to discuss its deforestation goals with local and state authorities before they are allowed to move forward with their clearcutting. This will result in more streamside habitats remaining intact, preserving hundreds of miles of natural habitat and minimizing flood damage. The bill is also supported by the California Department of Fish and Game.

The plant life along levees in California is home to many species of endangered animals, including the Chinook salmon, the Central Valley Steelhead trout, the Valley elderberry longhorn beetle, and the Swainson’s hawk. Preserving their natural habitats is essential to their survival.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure,

The preservation of vegetation and wildlife along streams in California lies in your hands. Currently, the Army Corps of Engineers is working with a “one-size-fits-all” clearcutting policy, without taking into account area-specific characteristics or assessing the negative impacts it could have. I urge you to support and pass the Levee Vegetation Review Act of 2012 in order to protect California’s forests and endangered species.

Waterside habitats are home to many species, including the Chinook salmon, the Central Valley Steelhead trout, the Valley elderberry longhorn beetle, and the Swainson’s hawk. Clearcutting levees would eliminate their homes, destroying the ecosystems and endangering their survival. This loss of 1,600 miles of forest land would cost taxpayers an estimated $7.5 billion, which could be otherwise used for conservation.

I implore you to consider the Levee Vegetation Review Act of 2012, and keep California’s forests and wildlife safe.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. Your terminology is incorrect. Clearcutting has a specific legal definition in California that REQUIRES reforestation with an appropriate mix of species. What you are describing is CLEARING vegetation without replanting. This is what you are actually opposing, and rightfully so.

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