Protect Our Ancient Forests!
Target: Edward W Shepard, Oregon BLM State Director
Sponsored by: The Wilderness Society
In a final round of corporate giveaways, the Bush Administration is rushing out long-term plans that would convert the ancient forests of western Oregon, with their towering trees, rushing rivers and superb wildlife habitat, to empty clearcuts. Under these plans, logging our public forests would dramatically increase, more than tripling the current level. More than a thousand miles of damaging logging roads would be built within the forests. What's at stake? More than two million acres that contain some of America's few remaining ancient forests. Some 20,000 miles of rivers, where wild Pacific salmon thrive. Ancient forests that are home to huge Douglas fir, western hemlocks and western red cedar trees--some well over 400 years old. This wet, rugged environment also provides rich habitat for wildlife like elk, deer, black bear and Pacific fishers, as well as endangered species such as spotted owls and marbled murrelets. We can't let this happen. Sign the petition today and tell the Bush Administration their plans are unacceptable.