Target: Senator Ron Wyden
Goal: Provide more protections for forests
Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon recently proposed legislation that may cause irreparable damage to a large amount of federal forestland in eastern Oregon. Rather than recommending further protections for the forests, which would increase wildlife habitat, help ensure clean water, and preserve the forests for use by future generations, Senator Wyden has drafted legislation that seeks to increase logging in sensitive natural areas. Under the proposed legislation, trees up to 200 years old would be logged. Too many of these trees have been cut down already. We cannot accept a forest plan that further degrades the environment and allows even more critical wildlife habitat to be threatened.
The forests of eastern Oregon provide habitat for endangered wolves, bears, salmon, and many other species. They also provide recreational opportunities to many people and help to support the local economy. By seeking to appease logging companies that only desire to make money off of these public lands, Senator Wyden is violating the trust of the people he represents.
We must send a clear message to Senator Wyden that the interests of these logging companies should not outweigh the public good. We hold these forests in trust for future generations; therefore, we should seek to increase protections rather than allowing increased logging to adversely affect the environment. Please tell Senator Wyden to reconsider his federal forest plan.
Dear Senator Wyden:
The forests of eastern Oregon have already suffered too much at the hands of loggers. Your recent legislation proposes to increase the type of unsustainable practices that have already caused so much harm to the environment. This is unacceptable to people who value these forests for their fish, wildlife, and inherent natural beauty and who wish to preserve this land for future generations.
Please reconsider this legislation. As a representative of the people of Oregon, it is important that you hold the public good in higher priority than you do the profits of logging companies. After years of clear cutting, these forests need more safeguards from our government, not less.
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Photo credit: United States Forest Service