Forest Service must protect our lands, wildlife and waters

pictured: Mendocino National Forest

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Our National Forests cover almost 2 million acres across the U.S. They are crucial to help slow climate change, provide us with clean drinking water, preserve vital habitat for fish and wildlife and give us places to explore, exercise and rejuvenate.

These values should be political common ground. But the U.S. Forest Service under the Trump administration has bent to the priorities of industrial timber, grazing and oil and gas extraction over all other uses.

Write to Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen and demand that the Forest Service adhere strictly to environmental safeguards and policies, which are designed to preserve these lands and waters for all Americans.

Logging output on National Forests is set not by the demands of the market but by a mandate from Congress. And under a Congress that currently views federal forests primarily as sources of lumber, our forests are under increasing threat of plans to "get out the cut," an emphasis that could override protections for endangered species, roadless area safeguards and water quality.

Such plans would provide the extractive industries with permit shortcuts and decades-long timber sales with an alarming lack of detail or accountability.

The mission of the Forest Service is "To sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations." Its motto is "Caring for the land and serving people."

Tell the Forest Service to do its job. These lands were entrusted for the public benefit and the agency has a responsibility to the people above partisan politics and corporate interests.

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For the forests,

Paul Hughes
Executive Director
Forests Forever

Please save the date, Nov. 27, 2018 and give as generously as you can this #GivingTuesday to provide Forests Forever with the resources to keep up its fight to safeguard California's forests, Roadless Areas, wildlife, and pristine watersheds.



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

from Forests Forever Foundation
and the Center for American Places