Northern California's watersheds are being clearcut at a rapid rate. The worst offender, Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI), is the largest landowner in the state. SPI began massive clearcutting of its lands about 10 years ago. One quarter million acres have already been converted into monoculture tree farms, and their plan is to destroy 1 million acres of land that contains ecosystems that took millennia to create. In the face of a changing world, the " 'whack 'em and stack 'em " practice of clearcutting is completely outdated as well as dangerous to the future of our water, air climate and wildlife. More info: http://www.thebattlecreekalliance.org/ http://www.stopclearcuttingcalifornia.org/
We the undersigned, believe that industrial-scale clearcutting is:
Converting California%u2019s diverse forests into fire-prone tree plantations
Threatening water quality and quantity
Promoting extensive use of chemical herbicides
Contributing to local and global climate change
Endangering wildlife and their habitat
Damaging private property values and public land values regionally
We call on the State policy makers and State and Federal Agencies to use all means at their disposal to end the destructive practice of clearcutting.
Thank you for your attention to this vital issue.