Forests Forever

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Take action to protect California's forests!

Help ban clearcutting in California!

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Clearcutting is highly destructive of the natural environment. Its effects include:

  • Destroying wildlife habitat and corridors and endangering native plants and animals;
  • Increasing soil erosion and sedimentation in 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.

This Google Earth flyover (above) of Sierra Pacific timberlands in Tuolumne County, Calif., shows the enormous extent of clearcutting. It becomes obvious how much this destructive and unnecessary logging practice dries out the landscape, exacerbating drought and worsening wildfire conditions.

Ending the practice of clearcutting in California's forests is necessary and urgent. Our forests are being destroyed at an ever-increasing pace. You can help us fight clearcutting by helping to elevate this issue in the priorities of California's elected officials.

Please sign the petition to Gov. Jerry Brown, urging him to put an end to the destruction of California's forests by a few greedy timber companies that contribute only a small percentage of revenue and jobs to the state. Let him know that this issue is not going to go away until clearcutting in California has been stopped!

Act Now!

Measure V Victory in Crosshairs of Timber Industry!

Letters to editor needed! Click here to send your message.

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Huge public lands heist must be stopped!

Make your voice heard by your representative today! Click here to send your message.

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Your Letter Today Can Save Our Forests!

Make your voice heard by the Calif. Assistant Secretary of Forest Resources Management, Russ Henly today! Click here to send your message.

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Flawed cap and trade imperils state's forests!

Make your voice heard by the responsible officials and Gov. Jerry Brown! Click here for letter writing instructions.

Help us spread the word:

"No More Monuments" bill rears its head again!

Join Forests Forever and other forest-conservation groups in opposing legislation that would drastically weaken the President's ability to protection national monuments. Click here for letter writing instructions.

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Keep California's national forests forever wild!

The agency can and should set aside the areas listed on our letters page, setting the stage for their preservation under the Wilderness Act of 1964.

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

from Forests Forever Foundation
and the Center for American Places