Protect the Giant Sequoias From Logging

  • by: Care2
  • target: Abigail Kimbell, US Forest Service Chief
The ongoing battle to protect one of the most triumphant symbols of America's proud wilderness - California's Giant Sequoias - has reached a critical time.

Giant Sequoia National Monument is home to more than half the giant sequoias in existence and also provides essential habitat for the California spotted owl, Pacific fisher and other plants and animals.

But despite being rebuked by the federal courts, the Bush Administration is refusing to back off its plan to log this irreplaceable ancient forest. And more than half of the remaining groves - located in Giant Sequoia National Monument - are in jeopardy.

Masquerading as a necessary measure to protect the forests and surrounding homes from wildfires, the plan would open our precious ancient Sequoia groves to chainsaws and bulldozers. In fact, it would very likely increase the chances of fires because logging large fire resistant trees leaves behind only smaller, more combustible trees and highly-flammable dead limbs, branches, brush and needles.

By contrast, neighboring Sequoia National Park's innovative conservation and fire prevention strategies have reinvigorated the Giant Sequoia groves there and made nearby communities safer while helping avoid harmful logging.

Please sign our petition to US Forest Service Chief Abigail Kimbell urging her to extend permanent protections to these imperiled trees and to transfer management of Giant Sequoia National Monument to the National Park Service, where it clearly belongs.

Dear US Forest Service Chief Kimbell,

As the US Forest Service Chief, I urge you to challenge the Bush Administration's continued efforts to allow commercial logging within the boundaries of the Giant Sequoia National Monument. Logging in this way is a violation of the Presidential Proclamation that established the Monument.

The Administration's 'management plans' fail to provide the kind of protection that the vast majority of Americans support.

Giant Sequoias are among the oldest living trees on the planet. Many took root long before our great, great grandparents were born and will live to see our great, great grandchildren - if we don't allow the timber industry to destroy them first.

It is time to recognize the significance of this national treasure, stop the efforts to log in our last remaining ancient Sequoia groves and transfer management of Giant Sequoia National Monument to the National Park Service.

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I urge you to focus on protecting this incredible National Monument and this symbol of America's proud wilderness.

Sincerely,
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