Giant Sequoia National Monument, one of the finest gifts from Mother Nature, was set aside as a gift for future generation by President Clinton in 2000. The area is home to more than half of all the Giant Sequoias in the world, and habitat for many
rare and unique species.
But this summer the Congressman Nunes pushed the House Resources subcommittee took up legislation that would allow for multiple logging projects to move forward in this international treasure. In this legislation timber sales would be shielded from any environmental or legal
review, and over 130,000 acres of forest in the Sierra National forest would be open for cutting.
As Congress reconvenes Congressman Nunes will have the opportunity to sneak his logging provision into a massive budget bill, bypassing the usual, more democratic process of lawmaking. We must make sure that our Congressional representatives watch for this deception, and vote
to uphold the existing protections for Giant Sequoia National Monument so future generation may appreciate their beauty.
When Giant Sequoia National Monument was set aside as a gift for future generations by President Bill Clinton in 2001, it should have closed the books on whether to develop one of Mother Nature's finest works. The area is home to more than half of all the Giant Sequoias in the world and an international treasure of the highest order.
But bad ideas never die. This past summer, a House Resources subcommittee took up legislation that would allow several commercial logging projects in Giant Sequoia National Monument to move forward and shield the timber sales from any environmental or legal review -- even though a federal judge threw out the sales as illegal because the Forest Service had failed to study how the logging would affect the threatened Pacific fisher, an animal specifically designated for protection within the Monument. In addition, the bill (H.R. 5760) proposed by Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA) would also exempt from review another highly controversial 130,000 acre logging experiment in the Kings River watershed nearby in Sierra National Forest.
We are particularly concerned that as Congress reconvenes for a so-called "lame duck" session after the election, Representative Nunes will have an opportunity to sneak his provision to log Giant Sequoia into a massive budget bill, bypassing the usual, more democratic processes for lawmaking. We strongly urge Congress to guard against these efforts and uphold the existing protections for Giant Sequoia and other treasures forest areas so that future generations may appreciate their beauty.
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