Stop the Timber Industry From Destroying Irreplaceable Forests

Target: Scott Bowen, Director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Goal: Protect forests with sustainable logging practices.

Michigan’s forests, a cornerstone of both the state’s ecology and economy, are under siege from unsustainable logging practices. The current modus operandi for timber extraction poses a grave threat to forest health, biodiversity, and long-term sustainability. This is not a trivial matter; it’s a critical issue that demands immediate rectification.

Unsustainable logging disrupts natural habitats, exacerbates soil erosion, and contributes to climate change by reducing the forest’s carbon sequestration capacity. Moreover, it undermines the long-term viability of the timber industry itself, putting countless jobs at risk.

Sign this petition to press the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to take immediate, decisive action to promote sustainable logging practices in Michigan’s forests. Implementing cutting-edge, eco-friendly timber harvesting techniques, bolstering regulatory oversight, and enhancing community engagement are essential steps for safeguarding Michigan’s forested areas.


Dear Director Bowen,

The pressing need to transition to sustainable logging practices in Michigan’s forests cannot be overstated. The current approach to timber harvesting is wreaking havoc on the state’s forest ecosystems and jeopardizing the very industry it aims to support. The evidence is unequivocal: declining forest health, disrupted ecosystems, and increased vulnerability to climate change.

The time for decisive action has arrived. Develop and enforce a comprehensive strategy focused on sustainable logging practices. This plan should include the adoption of advanced, eco-friendly timber harvesting techniques, stringent regulatory oversight, and proactive community engagement.

Failure to act will only deepen the crisis, affecting not just the environment but also the economic well-being of the communities. Michigan’s forests are not merely a resource to be exploited; they are an invaluable asset that must be managed responsibly for the benefit of current and future generations.

We urge you to act with the urgency this crisis warrants. Implement measures that will not only promote sustainable logging but also ensure the long-term health and viability of Michigan’s forests.


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