Protect California's Forests
California's beautiful forests and valuable watersheds â€” from the Sierra to the Cascades to the Coastal Rangeâ€” are being rapidly clearcut.
Clearcutting is an extreme form of logging that replaces natural forests with tree plantations. It threatens our drinking water, clean air, and wildlife habitat, and it increases the risk of fire to our communities.
Forests trap, filter and store our water. California's forests provide 75% of our water supply. Forests are the lungs of the Earth: they absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and give us fresh air to breathe. California's forests sustain thousands of jobs in the recreation, boating, fishing, hunting and sustainable logging industries â€“ but not if they are clearcut.
Our forests, watersheds, wildlife and communities need better protection, not more destructive clearcuts. That's why local communities are drawing the line against this outdated and ecologically destructive business practice.
California Governor Jerry Brown and Secretary of Natural Resources John Laird should make California a shining model for the world by restoring our natural forests and protecting our watersheds.
Join Sierra Club's campaign to stop clearcutting California's forests. With your help, we can protect our majestic forests â€”the source of our drinking water, clean air, and economic vitality.
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Ask Governor Brown to Stop Clearcutting!
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For more information, download the Clearcutting Factsheet
Help get your community to speak for the trees and stop clearcutting.
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News from the Sierra Nevada
Everything Changes Because of Clearcutting
Lay of the Land, February 22, 2012
Sierra Pacific's clear-cuts impoverish forests, economy
Sacramento Bee, November 20, 2011
Timber War Returns
SF Bay Guardian, November 9, 2011
Sarah Matsumoto and Juliette Beck interview
Sierra Club Radio, August 26, 2011
The Battle for Battle Creek: Stop Clear Cutting the Sierra
Eco News, Steve Elias and Juliette Beck, August/September 2011, page 3
Battle Over Battle Creek
KQED Forum, July 28, 2011
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