Whose woodlands? Everyone's. Landmakr Public Lands Rule under siege!

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A game-changing new rule that could benefit California's woodlands and forests is under attack by resource extraction industries.

At issue is the Biden Administration's recently issued Public Lands Rule covering the domain of the country's largest manager of taxpayer-owned lands, the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM). This new rule at long last places conservation on a comparable footing with mining, grazing, oil and gas, and logging.

And that's why the rule rankles the private interests that for decades have profited from sub-market grazing fees, dirt-cheap mining claims, and giveaway timber sales that have heavily damaged soils, watersheds, wildlife habitat, and cultural resources.

Contact your elected representatives today and tell them to defend this new protective rule!

BLM is charged with managing 245 million acres in the U.S—about one tenth of the U.S. land mass—including about 15 million acres in California.

See "RESOURCES" below for more information about our public lands and the new rule.

Most Americans who have visited BLM lands, the bulk of which are located in the West, probably think of them as drylands and desert. But much of our BLM holdings are made up of woodlands and savannas—treed landscapes with a more-open canopy—and stands of forest.

Where a special conservation classification, such as Wilderness, does not already hold sway for BLM areas the new rule promises to be helpful in achieving objectives concerning climate adaptation and resilience, wildlife corridors, solar and wind energy, sustainable recreation, and safeguarding mature and old-growth forests.

Take action today to urge your members of Congress to defend the new BLM Public Lands Rule!

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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