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Timber industry's wish list bill! Disatrous measure would devastate U.S. waters, wildlife!

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A sprawling bill to grant the timber industry's every anti-environmental wish is now moving toward a floor vote in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The disingenuously named "Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017" (H.R. 2936) would remove protections for millions of acres of federal forests and grasslands—places owned by all Americans—as well as safeguards for endangered wildlife and the quality of our air, water, and soils.

Take action today to stop this worst forest-destruction bill in our lifetimes! Authored by Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Arkansas), H.R. 2936 among other things would:

  • Expose millions of acres of protected roadless areas to destructive logging and road building, at the same time reallocating funding from environmental restoration to timber extraction.
  • Take aim at the heart of the Endangered Species Act by doing away with checks and balances that exist to bolster protection for listed species and check the destruction of their habitat.
  • Sideswipe public involvement and oversight under the National Environmental Policy Act by creating an array of waivers of environmental review; it even eliminates the opportunity for citizens to hold the government accountable in the courts.
  • Place our national monuments in the crosshairs by overriding the designation of California and Oregon's Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.

H.R. 2936 passed out of its first committee in late June on a party-line vote and is moving toward consideration on the House floor. An especially important target is Rep. Tom McClintock (R-California), who is one of eight co-sponsors.

These forests and waters belong to all Americans, not just Big Timber! Help stop H.R. 2936 and save our natural heritage!


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For the forests,

Paul Hughes
Executive Director
Forests Forever

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  • Learn about H.R. 2936's language, co-sponsors and actions click here.
  • Click here to read about the critical "Survey and Manage" standard of the Northwest Forest Plan. H.R. 2936 would eliminate this key protection for old-growth forests.
  • Read up on the U.S.' network of inventoried roadless areas, lands potentially suitable for designation as Wilderness. These areas would be exposed to logging and other destructive uses in the event of H.R. 2936's passage.
  • The Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA) has been one of America's most effective and popular laws. It would be gutted by the Westerman bill.
  • The brand-new Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, which H.R. 2936 could invalidate, was set aside primarily for protection of biodiversity.
 

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