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The Planet

Sierra Club Forest Reform Campaign

The Planet, June 1997, Volume 4, number 5

Last fall, the Club's Board of Directors voted to make one of its top conservation priorities for 1997-98 to "protect and restore America's forests by reforming national and state forest laws, policies and practices."

The Club's forest campaign is centered around three themes: keeping roadless areas unspoiled; protecting watersheds; and making the U.S. Forest Service, the agency responsible for managing our national forests, accountable.

In this special Planet report, we look at this campaign from several different angles. First, below, is a brief overview of the Sierra Club's approach to forest reform. On pages 4 and 5 we examine the effort to stop all commercial logging on national forests, spotlight grassroots activists working to protect national forests in their communities, and review how far (or not so far) we've come since forest preserves were first established a century ago. We also expose the "forest health" hoax that our opponents are hiding behind in their latest attempts to keep the board feet coming. On page 6, we look at how the Club is working at the state level to protect forests and how Club members can get involved in all of these efforts.

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