06 July 2017

TAKE ACTION: This bill would clear-cut our national forests and silence your voice 6JUL17

I grew up in the forest of NW Pennsylvania, mom still lives in the house we built back in the woods in 1970 and I love to go home to refresh my soul, mind and body. For those who are not as fortunate as me to have a forest home to escape to our national forest across the country offer refuge not only for the flora and fauna but we, the people. The drumpf/trump-pence administration has plans to turn our national forest (and parks) over to the corporate entities who have bought and paid for them and the republican controlled congress. As soon as they won the presidency we knew we would have to fight many battles to protect what is ours, the nation's. WE can not stop, WE must not become weary, WE must meet each threat head on and WE will win. Please click the link and send a message to you representative and tell them (you can tell them, they are your employee) to vote against H.R. 2936, and let them know you'll be watching their vote. From EarthJustice......
MY message to rep barbara comstock r VA
Corporate greed, not national need is the reason for HR2936. I demand you vote against this bill and tell this administration we will not tolerate our national forest, national parks, national resources being given away to corporate America to rape and pillage to increase their profit margins. You, Rep Comstock, are at risk of loosing your seat in the House because you do not represent the people of your district. Vote for HR2936 at your own risk.
The so-called “Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017” (H.R. 2936) is a stunning setback to our public lands.

TAKE ACTION! This bill would clear-cut our national forests and silence your voice

Clear cut logging operations in stormy Oregon mountain valley. (Karin Hildebrand Lau/Shutterstock)
A bill making its way through Congress threatens to destroy environmental and judicial protections.

Tell your representative to vote NO on H.R. 2936.

The so-called “Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017” (H.R. 2936) is a stunning setback to our public lands. It is one of the most extreme attacks we’ve ever seen on our national forests and many of the bedrock laws that protect our public lands, wildlife and the fabric of our democracy.
A more appropriate name for this bill, which passed the House Natural Resources Committee in late June, would be the “Massive Gift to the Timber Industry at All Costs Act of 2017”.

  • It not only leaves millions of acres of protected roadless areas vulnerable to harmful road building and logging, it also shifts funding away from environmental restoration to timber production.
  • It attacks the Endangered Species Act by eliminating checks and balances designed to avoid jeopardizing listed species and destroying their habitat.
  • It cuts out meaningful public involvement provided by the National Environmental Policy Act by creating multiple waivers for environmental review, and it eliminates the opportunity for public citizens to hold the government accountable in a court of law.
  • It puts our national monuments at risk by overriding Cascade-Siskiyou’s National Monument designation.

Our national forests and grasslands are a national treasure. They provide a broad range of values and benefits, including clean air and water, outstanding recreational opportunities, biodiversity, fish and wildlife habitat, forest products, erosion control, soil renewal and more. It is critical to preserve and protect these public lands for future generations to come, and to provide the Forest Service with the resources it needs to do so.
Any day now, H.R. 2936 will be rushed to the House floor for a vote in time for certain lawmakers to return home to praise by their deep-pocketed timber industry buddies during the August congressional recess.

Tracy Coppola
Senior Legislative Counsel