June 1999 Volume 6, Number 5
One effective way to spread the word is to write a letter
to the editor of your local paper.
Here's a sample one, but the best bet is to write
your own and reference your nearby national forest.
June 1, 1999
Our national forests provide wildlife and fish habitat, clean drinking water and
recreation for families. They have also given us tremendous scientific and educational
But they are being destroyed by a money-losing commercial timber sale program. Over the
past 50 years, the Forest Service has spent billions of taxpayer dollars building roads
for logging companies, effectively subsidizing the logging of public lands.
Now 440,000 miles of roads scar our National Forest System, causing erosion that bleeds
silt into fishing streams, and facilitating clearcuts on steep and unstable slopes that
cause mudslides and destroy wildlife habitat.
Our national forests should be treated with management principles that emphasize
stewardship and the protection of these lands for future generations. It is time to
protect and restore our forests and end the Forest Service commercial logging program.
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