Forests Forever

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Current Actions

  • Tell state officials the current logging-reform effort needs immediate repair!

    California agency officials seem poised to squander a potentially once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meaningfully address the shortcomings of the state’s system for regulating the enormous environmental and other impacts of industrial logging. The pilot project just concluded has failed to address even its own clearly outlined mandate. What comes next is key to getting the process back on track. Agency officials in charge need to hear from the public— and that’s us!

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  • Tell lawmakers that “salvage logging” worsens fire conditions in forests!

    Write to your federal and state lawmakers and urge them to re-prioritize precious tax dollars toward controlled burning and home- and structure-hardening efforts in California wildfire zones— not toward removal of dead trees and other vegetation from the forest. Any thinning should be done sparingly and with careful planning and generally as a last resort. Large-scale removal of "dead and dying" trees can cause more harm than good.

    Your letter is still of great value even if you don’t live in California because your legislators still have a great impact on Western wildfire policy. All Western states are greatly affected by federal wildfire policy, but especially California. If you live in a Western state we encourage you to edit your letter to fit your state!

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  • Green Diamond Clearcuts Imperils Humboldt Marten, Other Rare Species!

    pictured: Humboldt marten

    Tell CalFIRE it must deny Green Diamond Resource Company's Timber Harvest Plan (THP) 1-18-00177 DEL, "Arrow Mills." The forests contained in the 125-acre plan provide critical habitat necessary for the survival of the Humboldt marten and other rare, threatened and endangered species.

    If approved Green Diamond clearcuts would violate the California Endangered Species Act by causing significant adverse impact and the unlawful “take” of the of Humboldt martens.

    Green Diamond must not be allowed to clearcut these vital forests! If they wish to log these lands they must adapt the THP to use non-clearcut silvicultural methods that will preserve the essential species habitat and comply with the law!

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  • Defend our National Forests!

    Stanislaus National Forest
    pictured: Stanislaus National Forest

    The Forest Service is responsible for managing millions of acres of federal lands for the public. The Trump Administration and anti-conservationists in Congress, however, are fast dismantling environmental protections and handing over our public lands to resource-extraction companies. The Forest Service must understand that we appreciate these lands for their abundant recreation opportunities, wildlife, and pristine wilderness. We must continue to ensure the good health of our national forest lands and waters.

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  • Take action to save the Endangered Species Act!

    The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is one of America’s crowning conservation achievements. It is the standard by which other nations measure efforts to rescue threatened plants and animals from oblivion.

    The ESA has posted an impressive 99 percent success record for the species it covers, and enjoys broad bipartisan support. This is true despite efforts by its mostly industry-backed detractors to cut its budget and deny the law’s reauthorization over many years.

    The ESA has helped prevent the disappearance of our nation's symbol, the bald eagle, as well as the mighty grizzly bear, the gray whale, peregrine falcon, and many others. It is a vital instrument for ensuring that the country we leave for our children is not one devoid of the myriad of beautiful and unique creatures that we share the Earth with today.

    Please maintain the ESA in its strongest form and fight against any attempts to weaken it in any way.

  • Stop destruction of ancient forests at Rainbow Ridge!

    Send your message by entering your information and clicking on the Submit button, below left.

    (Or send a postal letter to the address below the sample message. If you do a postal letter click here to let us know.)

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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!
  • Big Timber’s “Wish List” Bill Advances in Senate!

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

  • 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.

  • 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!

 

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

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