Ending the practice of clearcutting in California's forests in necessary and urgent.


Yes it's true—clearcutting is legal and practiced in California's forests today.

Every day of the week (and on more than a few weekends) Forests Forever organizers interact directly with citizens of the Golden State; and it is amazing how often we meet folks who care about the forests but don't know that this highly wasteful and unnecessary practice is still taking place.

Nov. 30th is Giving Tuesday and your support helps us continue the fight to stop the destruction of California's forests!

Clearcutting is highly damaging to the natural environment. Its effects include:

  • Destroying wildlife habitat, severing migration corridors and endangering native plants and animals;
  • Increasing soil erosion and sedimentation into 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. The forests are being destroyed at an alarming pace. Your contribution will help us fight clearcutting by helping to elevate this issue among the priorities of California's elected officials.

For the forests,

Paul Hughes
Executive Director
Forests Forever

Your contribution today will help California's forests thrive!

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

from Forests Forever Foundation
and the Center for American Places