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  • H.R. 3990 aims at the heart of our public lands!

    pictured: Giant Sequoia National Monument

    Public lands enemy Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) and his anti-conservation cronies in Washington, have launched yet another attack on the Antiquities Act of 1906.

    Bishop’s bill would amend the Act, redefining “objects of antiquity” to exclude “natural geographic features.” Under these restrictions many national monuments that we know and value for their unique and beautiful natural qualities — such as Muir Woods, Giant Sequoia and Berryessa/Snow Mountain (the latter two of which Forests Forever, along with our members like you spoke out to support) — could not have been designated.

    Worse still, the bill grants authority to the sitting president to shrink or even rescind existing monuments! With the Trump administration chomping at the bit to open up our public lands to extractive industries such as logging, mining and fossil fuels development, this bill would grant them unfettered access to wreak havoc on our national monuments. It must not pass the House!

  • Gov. Jerry Brown signs S.B. 50 into law

    pictured: San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

    He did it. We did it.

    On Fri., Oct. 6, Gov. Jerry Brown kept California at the forefront of the fight to protect our public lands: He affixed his signature to this landmark bill.

    S.B. 50 will help keep our public lands out of the hands of industries and private owners who could deny public access and plunder these treasures.

    When the choice before us was either to hand over our hard-won lands-and-waters heritage to potentially destructive uses, or speak up now to save them, the choice was clear.

    It is time to do something we don’t get to do often enough—send a hearty thank-you to Gov. Brown.

    Raise your voice today. Tell Brown you appreciate his action to safeguard our natural heritage.

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  • Ban clearcutting in California!

    Clearcutting threatens water, wildlife and climate.

    Stop the destruction of California’s forests!

    Clearcutting is highly destructive of the natural environment. Its effects include:

    • Destroying wildlife habitat and corridors and endangering native plants and animals;
    • Increasing soil erosion and sedimentation in rivers and streams, which increases the need for costly water treatment, diminishes the capacity of the state’s water storage facilities and harms wildlife;
    • Boosting the risk of intense wildfires by converting cool, moist forests into sun-baked slash piles and later to fire-prone tree plantations;
    • Degrading the state’s natural beauty, which in turn affects tourism, recreation, retirement and property values; and
    • Contributing to global warming by removing a major natural storage reservoir (standing vegetation) for carbon dioxide, and by exposing forest soils to accelerated weathering.

    Ending the practice of clearcutting in California’s forests is necessary and urgent. Our forests are being destroyed at an ever-increasing pace. You can help us fight clearcutting by helping to elevate this issue in the priorities of California’s elected officials.

    Sing the petition to ban clearcuts in California!
  • Down to the wire for Public Lands Protection Act!

    pictured: Carrizo Plain National Monument

    Forests Forever and its conservation allies in Sacramento have sought every tool at our disposal to keep our public lands in public hands and protect them.

    Passage of S.B. 50 is a potentially effective step we can take now to keep our public lands out of the hands of mining, grazing, oil and gas, and logging interests.

    We have a choice to make— hand over our hard-won public-lands heritage to plunder by industry or speak up loudly to safeguard it. We think you will agree that the choice is clear.

    Raise your voice today for passage of S.B. 50!

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    Take Action to Kill Big Timber’s “Wish List” Bill!

    To call H.R. 2936 a monstrosity is no exaggeration. On numerous fronts this bill would tear down protections for forested and natural landscapes across America—lands owned by all Americans! Write and call today to oppose this industry giveaway!

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    Speak up for continued protection of lands and waters owned by all Americans!

    Numerous environmental and conservation issues are under debate right now—so many that it would be easy to miss the fact that our public lands are at a perilous crossroads: Decisions made in Washington, D.C., in the coming weeks could protect— or destroy— many places where we, and those we care about now and in the future, camp, hike, fish, and explore.

    This Sample Letter highlights four key public lands issues to watch.

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    Richmond City Council From left: Eduardo Martinez, Gayle McLaughlin, Jael Myrick, Thomas K. Butt (Mayor), Jovanka Beckles (Vice Mayor), Melvin Willis, Ben Choi

    Thank the Richmond City Council for saving the hills!

    The Richmond City Council on Jan. 24 voted unanimously to adopt the Richmond Hills Initiative, setting aside a stunning 430-acre parcel of oak woodlands, savannas, streambeds, and vernal pools overlooking El Sobrante Valley. This area was threatened with development projects that would have brought congestion, pollution, and sprawl, as well as increased danger due to landslides from unstable slopes. They deserve our heartfelt thanks!

  • Send your Letter-to-the-Editor Today!

    Tell MRC the People have Spoken--
    Stop Poisoning Trees in Mendocino!

    We have the opportunity to proactively speak out against continuation of the dangerous and unnecessary practice of industrial-scale tree-poisoning known as "hack and squirt!"

    We encourage you to modify the sample letter-to-the-editor below, to suit your own vocabulary and emphasis. Then send your letter, which will go to all five newspapers below today! (Note: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat is in Sonoma County, but widely read in Mendocino County.)

    Click here to go to our fuller background page on the issue, should you want to add more information to your letter.

    Make your voice heard for California’s forests!

  • Your Letter Today Can Save Our Forests!

    You spoke up before, and thanks to you we have the pilot projects we so long sought. But now we need to make sure these projects are conducted properly—with truly independent (i.e. not industry controlled) governance and public oversight, and with full transparency and accountability to the people of California.

    Feel free to modify the below message to suit your particular vocabulary and emphasis. Then send your message, which will go to all four officials, today! Make your voice heard for California’s forests!

  • Your Letter Today Can Save Our Forests!

    You spoke up before, and thanks to you we have the pilot projects we so long sought. But now we need to make sure these projects are conducted properly—with truly independent (i.e. not industry controlled) governance and public oversight, and with full transparency and accountability to the people of California.

    Feel free to modify the below message to suit your particular vocabulary and emphasis. Then send your message, which will go to all four officials, today! Make your voice heard for California’s forests!

  • California’s Iconic Oak Woodlands Need Protection!

    Speak Up for AB 2162 (Chu) The Oak Woodlands Conservation Act!

    Hillside of native oaks and other trees was cleared northwest of Ukiah, Calif. Poorly planned agricultural expansion poses a huge threat to our oak woodlands.
    Hillside of native oaks and other trees was cleared northwest of Ukiah, Calif. Poorly planned agricultural expansion poses a huge threat to our oak woodlands.

    Forests Forever needs your support for the Oak Woodlands Conservation Act of 2016 (Assembly Bill 2162). The bill establishes a statewide permit process for oak woodland removal operations, to be administered by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to protect the many environmental values associated with oak woodlands.

    To view the bill visit http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov and type in AB 2162.

    The oak woodland ecosystem is one of California’s largest and most biodiverse. There are almost 13 million acres of native oak related lands in California, comprising over 10 percent of the entire state’s land area and one-third of its forested area. There are roughly 8.5 million acres of oak woodlands found in 54 of California’s 58 counties.

    Although few Californians think of oak woodlands as “old-growth,” they are in fact the most extensive old-growth forests left in the state -- with half a million acres virgin. Many oak woodlands predate European arrival in California. There are over 20 species of native California oaks; several of these are endemic and grow naturally nowhere outside of California.

    This act is needed because current state and local laws, including the Oak Woodland Conservation Act of 2004 (SB 1334) (codified at Public Resources Code 21083.4), which Forests Forever fought for, have proven to be ineffective in reducing or mitigating the ongoing and massive conversion of oak woodlands. Your letter today will help move this bill across the finish line!

    To learn more about oaks and their plight, visit:

    http://www.californiaoaks.org/ExtAssets/Oaks2040%20Final.pdf

    If you have any questions or wish to lend other types of support to this effort please contact Christian Bucknell of Forests Forever, phone: 415.974.3636 x212 or oaks.bill@forestsforever.org.

  • Let's finish the job on logging-rule reform!

    Sign the petition today!

    In 2012 Assembly Bill (A.B.) 1492 was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown. A.B. 1492 provided a source of funding that finally can help create a way of measuring and regulating comprehensive environmental effects from logging.

    The first step, however, is to conduct one or more pilot projects, or actual logging experiments in forested areas. These pilot projects should generate ecological, technical, and methodological information that will serve as a basis for (finally) measuring, and later regulating, logging’s full range of impacts.

    On Dec. 15 in Ukiah the State of California conducted a public workshop to garner citizen input on the objectives and management of the first pilot project, and possibly of subsequent pilot projects as well. The first pilot project is slated to roll out in early 2016—time is short for further public action!

    The workshop focused on an agency-written Draft Concept Paper dated Dec. 2, 2015, which purported to describe the first and, again, possibly any subsequent pilot projects. This is the beginning of a process that could finally reform our ineffective and timber industry–dominated logging regulations.

    Send in your comments (below) today!

  • Let's finish the job on logging-rule reform!
    Sign the petition today!

    In 2012 Assembly Bill (A.B.) 1492 was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown. A.B. 1492 provided a source of funding that finally can help create a way of measuring and regulating comprehensive environmental effects from logging.

    The first step, however, is to conduct one or more pilot projects, or actual logging experiments in forested areas. These pilot projects should generate ecological, technical, and methodological information that will serve as a basis for (finally) measuring, and later regulating, logging’s full range of impacts.

    On Dec. 15 in Ukiah the State of California conducted a public workshop to garner citizen input on the objectives and management of the first pilot project, and possibly of subsequent pilot projects as well. The first pilot project is slated to roll out in early 2016—time is short for further public action!

    The workshop focused on an agency-written Draft Concept Paper dated Dec. 2, 2015, which purported to describe the first and, again, possibly any subsequent pilot projects. This is the beginning of a process that could finally reform our ineffective and timber industry–dominated logging regulations.

    Send in your comments (below) today!

  • Let's finish the job on logging-rule reform!
    Sign the petition today!

    In 2012 Assembly Bill (A.B.) 1492 was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown. A.B. 1492 provided a source of funding that finally can help create a way of measuring and regulating comprehensive environmental effects from logging.

    The first step, however, is to conduct one or more pilot projects, or actual logging experiments in forested areas. These pilot projects should generate ecological, technical, and methodological information that will serve as a basis for (finally) measuring, and later regulating, logging’s full range of impacts.

    On Dec. 15 in Ukiah the State of California conducted a public workshop to garner citizen input on the objectives and management of the first pilot project, and possibly of subsequent pilot projects as well. The first pilot project is slated to roll out in early 2016—time is short for further public action!

    The workshop focused on an agency-written Draft Concept Paper dated Dec. 2, 2015, which purported to describe the first and, again, possibly any subsequent pilot projects. This is the beginning of a process that could finally reform our ineffective and timber industry–dominated logging regulations.

    Send in your comments (below) today!

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    Let's finish the job on logging-rule reform! Sign the petition today!

    In 2012 Assembly Bill (A.B.) 1492 was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown. A.B. 1492 provided a source of funding that finally can help create a way of measuring and regulating comprehensive environmental effects from logging.

    The first step, however, is to conduct one or more pilot projects, or actual logging experiments in forested areas. These pilot projects should generate ecological, technical, and methodological information that will serve as a basis for (finally) measuring, and later regulating, logging’s full range of impacts.

    On Dec. 15 in Ukiah the State of California conducted a public workshop to garner citizen input on the objectives and management of the first pilot project, and possibly of subsequent pilot projects as well. The first pilot project is slated to roll out in early 2016—time is short for further public action!

    The workshop focused on an agency-written Draft Concept Paper dated Dec. 2, 2015, which purported to describe the first and, again, possibly any subsequent pilot projects. This is the beginning of a process that could finally reform our ineffective and timber industry–dominated logging regulations.

    Send in your comments (below) today!

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    Sign the Petition! Stop Big Timber from Writing Its Own Logging Rules!


    In recent months the timber industry and its customary allies in the California's state agencies overseeing logging have worked to roll up the reform process into their own non-transparent body called the Effectiveness Monitoring Committee, which threatens to gut the reform process, as has happened many times before.

    We must not let this happen! A.B. 1492 removed from the shoulders of the timber industry all of its regulatory costs, placing these expenses squarely onto the consumer. The public not only has a right to know about this reform process, but also to have a seat at the table every step of the way!

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    Sign the Petition! Stop Big Timber from Writing Its Own Logging Rules!


    In recent months the timber industry and its customary allies in the California's state agencies overseeing logging have worked to roll up the reform process into their own non-transparent body called the Effectiveness Monitoring Committee, which threatens to gut the reform process, as has happened many times before.

    We must not let this happen! A.B. 1492 removed from the shoulders of the timber industry all of its regulatory costs, placing these expenses squarely onto the consumer. The public not only has a right to know about this reform process, but also to have a seat at the table every step of the way!

    For more information on this campaign click here


  • Reauthorize Land and Water Conservation Fund!

    What better bipartisan step could Congress take than to reauthorize permanently a highly popular and effective federal program that generates enormous financial and employment returns for communities across America?

    The Land and Water Conservation Fund marks its 50th anniversary this year, having saved, consolidated, expanded, and maintained millions of acres of cherished scenic and recreational lands and waters for the American people and for generations to come.

    Yet ironically, if the fund is not reauthorized by the end of September it will expire!

    California’s likely but still-uncommitted members of the U.S. House of Representatives must be urged to co-sponsor H.R. 1814, which would permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund—a tremendous bargain for us all!

    For more information on this campaign click here.

 

Forests Forever:
Their Ecology, Restoration, and Protection
by
John J. Berger

NOW AVAILABLE
from Forests Forever Foundation
and the Center for American Places