To carefully monitor all logging activities on our National Forests across the West. To focus efforts on sustainability, and to stop the rush to log areas after fires, a crucial aspect of rebuilding a forest and maintaining habitat for wildlife. Finally, to educate on the crucial biological hot spots in the world, and the impact illegal cutting is having on these precious lands.
Perhaps one of the most visible scars on our planet, logging is one of the great impacts to the West and the planet as a whole for generations. In the Southwest, we have seen the impacts not only from large-scale clear-cuts, but to the impacts on water, with rivers and streams being choked by the erosion and refuse. On the West Coast, the heartbreak of trees that tower to the sky, that have been in place for hundreds of years ripped from their moorings and sold to Japan or other countries for profit. Such actions have no moral bearing.
Today we fight to hold on to “memory forests” biological treasures, that have not felt the axe and continue to show the real meaning of biodiversity at its best. This holds true around the globe, with ever increasing population pressures, even National Parks in countries like Madagascar or along the beautiful and constantly flowing Amazon, where large swaths of virgin timber are cleared for ranching and soy bean crops.
In places like New Mexico, the forests have become thick with spindly trees and sustainable thinning is both logical and creates economic incentive for rural communities. What is important is to protect old growth of all types across the West and educate people about the poverty and needs in third world countries that are leading people to invade National Parks and important wildlife strongholds in search of food, and warmth. Such actions result in the destruction of invaluable lands and the poaching of wildlife, the cause is not logging alone, but population. We must carefully monitor actions by the National Forest Service and make our voice clear when logging activities threaten old growth or important wildlife habitat