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With a mere 5% of forests remaining in this country, protecting what's
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ACTION ALERT!! Action Alert ACTION ALERT!!
Save America's Forests
4 Library Court, SE
Washington, DC 20003
Action Steps for the Act to Save America's Forests
Contact Congress (key members for your area)
Please tell your Representative to cosponsor the Act to Save America's
Forests, H.R. 1376, introduced by Representatives Anna Eshoo and Carolyn
Maloney, currently with 67 cosponsors.
Tell your two Senators that they should cosponsor the Act to Save
Forests, S. 977, introduced by Senator Robert Torricelli, currently with
To reach your Senators and Representatives:
Phone Congress at 202-225-3121 and ask to speak with your Representative
Send postcards to your Representative and Senators. Save America's
can provide postcards for you to distribute to your friends,
Representative ________ Senator ___________
U.S. House of Representatives U.S. Senate
Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC
Write a letter to your Representative and Senators about the U.S.
deforestation crisis and explain how the Act to Save America's Forests
stop and reverse it. Don't forget to ask for a reply.
Organize and lead a delegation of voters to meet your Representative and
Senators in person. Save America's Forests will help you arrange a
in your district.
Mobilize the Media
Print an article about the Act to Save America's Forests in your
organization's newsletter. We can provide you with a sample article.
Write a letter to the editor or an Op-Ed in your local newspaper. Meet
the editorial board and ask them to write an editorial supporting the
Save America's Forests.
We want to help you become an effective forest protection advocate.
is information about the Act to Save America's Forests including a bill
summary, a current list of cosponsors, sample editorials, and some post
you can send to your Representative and Senators. Please contact us for
information about how to accomplish any of the actions listed above, or
other organizing actions you may think of. We look forward to working
you for the future of America's wild and natural forest heritage. Thank
for taking action today!
Dear Forest Protection Activist,
Thank you for your interest in helping the campaign to pass the Act to
America's Forests. This historic bill in the U.S. Congress will protect
restore America's last remaining wild forests.
The Act to Save America's Forests (H.R. 1376), introduced in the House
Representatives by Representatives Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Carolyn Maloney
(D-NY), has already gained more than 60 cosponsors. Our goal is to
House cosponsors this year. The co-sponsorship of your representative
critical to move this legislation forward and pass it into law.
In addition, Senator Robert Torricelli (D-NJ) has introduced the Act to
America's Forests (S. 977) in the Senate. This historic introduction in
Senate is a giant step forward in the campaign to save our national
and gives added weight and urgency to the cosponsorship drive. Senator
Torricelli has vowed to put the entire Senate on record for or against
Your help is coming at a critical time. Of the 1 billion acres of
wild forests that once covered our land, more than 95% have been
The remaining 5% of America's original forests are the last stronghold
the America's natural forest heritage. They are essential to the
and well being of thousands of native species of plants and animals,
including the endangered wild salmon and grizzly bear. Without these
forest ecosystems, countless species will become extinct, some within
Yet the logging is increasing:
The last remaining Pacific Northwest Ancient Forests continue to be
under the infamous "timber salvage rider" and"Option 9".
The US Forest Service has mandated increased logging of the virgin
rainforests of Alaska in the Tongass National Forest Land Management
The last roadless forests of the Rocky Mountain states are being
bare by logging proceeding in blatant violation of environmental laws.
These precious forests are public forests on our public lands, yet they
being clearcut and plundered by private timber companies with the
of the US Forest Service. This wholesale deforestation of America's
wild forests must be stopped, and these forests must be saved now or
will be lost forever!
Fortunately, it is not too late. Your help in passing the Act to Save
America's Forests at this critical moment can make the difference that
reverse deforestation in the U.S. and save these forests forever.
The Act to Save America's Forests of 1997
House of Representatives
Bill Number H.R. 1376
Sponsors: Rep. Anna Eshoo Rep. Carolyn Maloney
Bill Number S. 977
Sponsor: Senator Robert Torricelli
1. Protects and restores native biological diversityMaintaining
forest biodiversity will become the priority of federal forest
agencies. The U.S. Forest Service will be required to restore the
plants and animals that originally existed on that forest site, either
active restoration projects or by letting natural succession take its
2. Bans clearcutting and "even age" logging, and artificial tree
federal forestlandsAllows selection logging on designated timber lands.
Selection logging has been shown to produce more timber, higher quality
timber, and more jobs than clearcutting.
3. Strengthens citizen enforcementFederal land management agencies
shown little respect for environmental law. Unfortunately, the
for public recourse against law-breaking timber management agencies are
currently very limited. Other environmental laws such as the Clean Air
and the Clean Water Act provide legal expenses for citizens who
sue the federal government for violation of federal law. This promotes
thorough enforcement and results in less violation of law. The Act to
America's Forests would provide similar enforcement measures, ensuring
the provisions of the Act will become reality in protecting our forests.
Protection of Core Forest Areas
4. Prohibition of Logging and Roadbuilding in Northwest Ancient
current management plans, clearcutting continues in the Pacific
Ancient Forests. The Act bans logging and roadbuilding in Ancient
sensitive riparian areas and key watersheds. This will permanently
the habitat of endangered salmon, marbled murrelet and spotted owl that
being pushed towards extinction under current policies.
5. Prohibition of Logging and Roadbuilding in Roadless AreasThe
prohibits logging and new road building in all roadless areas, both the
inventoried RARE II and those uninventoried areas. Roadless areas form
core reserves of biological diversity. Their protection from logging is
vital to the full restoration of biodiversity.
6. Prohibition of Logging and Roadbuilding in Special AreasIn
protect forest areas with important watersheds, old-growth forests,
endangered species habitat, and other exceptional values, the bill
"extractive logging" in these "special areas". These special forest
many threatened with imminent logging, may have been previously roaded
logged, and therefore do not qualify for protection as roadless or
Forests. The bill identifies "special areas" on national forests in 26
states around the country.
More than 95% of America's original forests have been cut down. The
found primarily on federal lands, is targeted for clearcutting by the
industry and the U.S. Forest Service. Working together, they continue
convert America's last natural forests into sterile tree farms or barren
wastelands. The survival of native species of plants, mammals, birds,
amphibians, and reptiles are threatened as these last native forests are
logged. If the current pace of logging planned by the U.S. Forest
continues, nearly all of America's ancient and roadless wild forests
soon be lost forever.
Passage of the Act to Save America's Forests would permanently protect
Summary prepared by:
Save America's Forests
4 Library Court, SE
Washington, DC 20003
Sample Letter to Senator or Representative
Senator ___________ Rep.______________
U.S. Senate OR U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20515
Dear Senator/Representative _____________,
After the 104th Congress' horrendous timber salvage rider, it is
to find a piece of environmentally and scientifically sound forest
legislation in Congress. The Act to Save America's Forests was
April as H.R.1376 by Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)
the House, where it currently has over 65 cosponsors. It was introduced
the Senate as S.977 by Sen. Robert Torricelli (D-NJ). I urge you to
cosponsor this legislation.
The Act to Save America's Forests is based on the principles of
biology. It would make the protection of native biodiversity the
goal of federal forest management agencies. The bill would protect over
million acres of core forest areas throughout the nation, including
Forests, roadless areas, key watersheds, and other special areas. It is
comprehensive, sustainable, and ecologically-sound plan for protecting
restoring the entire federal forest system.
Less than five percent of America's original forests remain. It
remarkable that the U.S. still has that much old-growth left after more
a century of government subsidies for ruthless logging practices on
lands. These forests remain the prime targets of the timber industry
U.S. Forest Service, which have consistently converted America's natural
forests into sterile tree farms or barren wastelands. The survival of
species of plants, mammals, birds, fish, amphibians, and reptiles are
threatened as these last native forests are logged.
If the current pace of logging planned by the Forest Service
nearly all of America's ancient and roadless wild forests will soon be
forever. According to a recent report by the World Resources Institute,
one percent of the original forest cover remains in large blocks within
lower 48 states. The Act to Save America's Forests incorporates the
recommended by the report, namely to protect core forest areas from any
logging and to allow sustainable forest practices around these protected
forests. This bill may be the last hope for America's forests.
The people of this state and this nation want to protect the
forests we have left. We owe it to our children, and all future
to provide them the opportunity to enjoy the natural grandeur of an
forest and revel in the splendor of native biodiversity. Should the Act
Save America's Forests become law, Americans will secure these wonders
I am disappointed that you have not yet added your name to the list of
cosponsors of the Act to Save America's Forests. I urge you to
Act to Save America's Forests.
I look forward to hearing your position on this
Sample Letter to The Editor
SAVE AMERICA'S FORESTS
To the Editor:
The Act to Save America's Forests is landmark forest protection
that would end logging in the Pacific Northwest Ancient Forests,
areas, and other special areas across the US. The bill would also make
protection and restoration of native biodiversity the primary goal of
forest management, protecting over 20 million acres of ecologically
"core areas" of native biodiversity around the nation. These areas are
national treasures, and like any treasure, they are in need of
For years, the timber industry and the Forest Service have plundered our
public lands. More than 95% of America's original forests have been cut
down, and the remaining 5% are the next target. Like a cool breeze
through the thick canopy of a natural forest, the Act to Save America's
Forests brings a breath of fresh air to Congress, and will hopefully let
those who love our national forests breathe a little easier.
Currently, the Act has over 65 cosponsors in the House and has been
introduced by Sen. Robert Torricelli of NJ in the Senate. Rep./Sen.
_________ has yet to add his/her name to the list of cosponsors. I find
The Act to Save America's Forests is by far the strongest and most
comprehensive forest protection bill ever introduced in Congress. Poll
poll has shown that the American people want to protect our nation's few
remaining wild and natural forests, and the Act to Save America's
would do just that. This legislation may be the last chance for
halt and reverse deforestation on all our federal lands.
Everyone who has ever walked through the cathedral grandeur of an
forest, everyone who has ever wished to see the glory of an old-growth
forest, and everyone who wishes to have the opportunity to show their
children and their children's children the natural splendor of our
forests should support the Act. I urge Rep./Sen. _______ to become a
cosponsor of the Act to Save America's Forests. These are our forests
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