Put An End To Massive Logging Industry Subsidies in California

Target: Governor Jerry Brown
Goal: Make the funding of California’s state parks a priority over the subsidizing of environmentally detrimental logging companies.

In a California Assembly hearing on Tuesday, September 27 a testimony revealed that $18 million in taxpayer money is going to subsidize the logging industry. Meanwhile, budget cuts for the state will result in the closing of 70 state parks. An industry that destroys wildlife habitats and pollutes our water will continue to drain taxpayer dollars at the expense of the parks that protect our environment.

This large dollar amount being paid out by California citizens comes from the government having to regulate the logging industry. These regulating fees, however, are typically paid by the industry itself. For one reason or another the logging industry has been exempt from this and for that reason citizens are paying the price.

This is not the first time the logging industry has been dealt a break by Sacramento. When AB 32 was passed, a bill that implemented a cap and trade program for carbon emissions, the logging industry was first to jump at a chance to buy some emissions from other companies in order to have more flexibility with their environmental impact.

The $11 million that is being taken from California state parks comes from the general fund and will not necessarily be going directly into the logging industry. However, this recent testimony regarding the cost of the logging industry to taxpayers leads to the question, why cut the parks’ funding instead of the logging industry’s? This is a clear example of Sacramento’s lack of commitment to environmental protection.

In the government’s defense, a proposition to add an $18 fee to license registration that would off-set the cost of running our state parks was rejected by voters. What this fails to address is the fact that there has been no proposition asking voters to offset the cost of the logging industry, giving voters an opportunity to see what this industry is truly costing them.

We need to make saving California’s state parks a statewide priority. We must not allow our government to subsidize an industry that is destroying California’s wildlife and environment.

Please sign the petition below and ask Governor Jerry Brown to cut logging industry subsidies and put money back into our state park system.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Governor Brown,

In a California Assembly hearing on Tuesday, September 27 a testimony revealed that $18 million in taxpayer money is going to subsidize the logging industry. Meanwhile, budget cuts for the state will result in the closing of 70 state parks. An industry that destroys wildlife habitats and pollutes our water will continue to drain taxpayer dollars at the expense of the parks that protect our environment.

I understand that the $11 million that is being taken from California state parks comes from the general fund, which will not necessarily go to fund logging. However, this recent testimony regarding the cost of the logging industry to taxpayers leads to the question, why cut the parks’ funding instead of the logging industry’s?

This is a clear example of Sacramento’s lack of commitment to environmental protection. We need to make saving California’s state parks a statewide priority. We must not allow continued subsidies to an industry that is destroying California’s wildlife and environment.

I respectfully urge you to keep the 70 state parks up for closure open and put an end to the massive logging industry subsidies.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Will Go Here]

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3 Comments

  1. Some day the earth will weep,
    she will beg for her life, she will
    cry with tears of blood.
    You will make a choice,
    if you will help her or let her die,
    and when she dies, you will die too.

    Plant & protect Danny’s trees for life…….
    Trees are the lungs of the earth.

  2. ‘Can’t you see we’re killing the trees, faster than new ones can grow…
    Raping the earth, full speed ahead, now it’s too late to slow…
    Rainforests burn, wheels of progress turn, we scrape the bottom of the barrel: Brand Old!
    Red tide, stripmines, soon you will find, when there’s no more, all will be Brand Old!’
    (ZAKAS ‘Shunk Daddy Grind’ album)
    Only ‘selective cut then plant’ logging firms should be eligible for any sort of subsidy. Charlie Clearcut should pay in full. Lumber farms on previous (now clearcut) land would be a proper tribute; a sustainable forest harvest that harms no old growth and won’t kill the wildlife.

  3. Some say the squeak in a hardwood floor
    is the spirit of the tree screaming
    out of the injustice of it’s death
    and the sacrilege of it’s defacement-
    Plant & protect Danny’s trees for life…….

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