ACTION ALERT! STOP CLEARCUTTING THE SIERRA
Dear Friends of Forests,
Massive clearcutting is occurring all across the west slope of the
On Sunday, June 19, the Sacramento Bee reported how clearcutting by Sierra Pacific Industries in the
Read the article here:
Troubled Waters of
Please take a moment today and call and/or email Governor Brown and Natural Resources Secretary Laird to demand a moratorium today on further clearcutting in the
Here is a sample message:
"I am outraged that Sierra Pacific Industries is being allowed to sabotage the $128 million, taxpayer funded salmon and steelhead restoration project in the Battle Creek Watershed. I urge you to stop SPI from clearcutting in the
Governor Jerry Brown
Email him through his website at http://gov.ca.gov/m_contact.php
John Laird, Secretary of the California State Natural Resources Agency
You can also learn more about the organization Battle Creek Alliance featured in the Bee article, at www.thebattlecreekalliance.org.
Also, if you can, please send a letter to the Sacramento Bee as well. You can submit a letter online here:
Here is what Katherine Evatt, President of the Foothill Conservancy, wrote:
Matt Weiser’s excellent article on Battle Creek pointed out a problem that exists across the Sierra and southern Cascades: Sierra Pacific Industries’ clearcutting is at total odds with state, federal and local conservation efforts and investment.
While communities and agencies work to reduce the risk of damaging fires, SPI is logging large, fire-resistant trees and replacing them with highly flammable pine plantations. While PG&E, conservation groups, and wildlife agencies invest millions to restore rivers, fish habitat, and frog populations, SPI is dumping millions of gallons of herbicide in the watersheds and creating huge erosion risks. While the state works to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, SPI is releasing huge amounts of carbon by deep-ripping forest soils.
This is not enlightened forest management. It’s forest liquidation, a late 19th century robber-baron approach to resource management. And it’s putting the public’s wildlife, fisheries, and water quality at risk. Katherine Evatt