July 15, 2007

Stop the Logging in the National Forest

A woman who lives in my community sends out a greeting every morning. This was sent to me this morning and I received her permission to post it here.

It's urgent that this information get out -- especially now when so much attention is being diverted to the war which is hugely important, obviously--but under cover of which people in congress can push this sort of thing through without much notice being taken. We must show them that we are paying attention to everything they're doing.
An action link is provided here and below.
It was brought to my attention that they are trying to do logging in California again at one of our National Monuments. We need to stop this logging.

John Muir worked to preserve wilderness in America.
Born April 21, 1838( Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
Died December 24, 1914 (aged 76)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Occupation engineer, naturalist, writer
Spouse Louisa Wanda Strentzel
Parents Daniel Muir and Ann Gilrye
Wanda Muir Hanna (March 25, 1881–July 29, 1942) and Helen Muir Funk (January 23, 1886–June 7, 1964)
John Muir was one of the first modern preservationist and a close friend of Teddy Roosevelt. I have a quote by John Muir "The battle we have fought, and are still fighting, for the forests is a part of the eternal conflict between right and wrong...So we must count on watching and striving for these trees, and should always be glad to find anything so surely good and noble to strive for." November 23, 1895.
I have been lucky enough to have visited Muir forest in years gone by, it is amazing to see the size of the beautiful (Redwood Trees) Sequoia Trees,
The thought of them logging these beautiful creations of God's is mind boggling to me.
The Forest Service continues to cling to practices of the past and is allowing old timber sale contracts to move forward in the Sequoia National Monument.
The Burton Timber Sale was logged last summer (2006).
John Muir Project, Sequoia Forestkeeper, and Sierra Club halted two other timber sales in the National Monument, but a new bill in Congress (H.R.5760) threatens to revive these timber sales that were enjoined by a federal court.
Click here to take action.

Speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee. Job 12:8


Alien Citizen said...

It's a reminder too that protecting our environment did not used to be a "liberal" issue. Teddy Roosevelt was a republican. Why don't democrats point out these things...Nixon supported having a national healthcare system. Being conservative doesn't have to mean what these ultra right-wing folks say it does today. I think Hillary and folks might be able to win over a few republicans if they were to explicate this history in the right way.

Alien Citizen said...

Ahem, *cough* *cough*...water! :-) Drank some today?

two crows said...

good point, AC--
I wish the dems would take it instead of squirming when the 'L' word is thrown at them as an epithet.
bottle is at my elbow. needs a refill. thanx.

an average patriot said...

Two crows
Fighting logging and other encroachments has always been an on going battle as you know. It seems like I remember that additional mining has been allowed. Like everything else it is only getting worse under Bush. Thanks for the info on Muir, very interesting! He has always been a hero of mine.

an average patriot said...

two crows
I don't know what happened? I commented on this a while ago. Oh well!
Like everything else, our National parks are encroached upon further and in increasing danger under Bush. It seems to me that increased mining and oil exploration are just two more of the problems.
I wanted to thank you for the Muir stats. I have been a great fan of his since I was a child. I ended up majoring in Agriculture in HS but I started out to be a naturalist. Go figure!

TomCat said...

I agree AC.

two crows said...

sorry, AP--
I had gone offline and didn't notice these posts.

I moderate em since I had TWO bot attacks almost back-to-back about 1 1/2 years ago -- together, they left well over 1,000 irrelevant comments.

I apologize for the inconvenience -- but I'm not willing to go thru THAT again.
hey, TC

an average patriot said...

two crows
No problem I just thought I blew it away or something. I see some sites that say subject to publishers review or something but never knew why they did that. You very adequtely let me know why. I hope that never happens to me.

two crows said...

some folks just want to screw things up for the rest of us.
I wish they'd go get a life--

Mary Ellen said...

two crows

Great post! I've always enjoyed being called a tree hugging, granola eating liberal, it's a title that is near and dear to my heart.

If anyone wants to see the effect of what happens to an environment without trees, look at China. For some reason, they cut down most of their trees in the cities, and now they are dealing with pollution that is almost out of control.

I have a friend who went to China about a year or so ago and she said the pollution was so bad that many of the people had to wear masks while walking outdoors. In fact, she came home because her lungs were so inflamed that she could barely breathe. Her doctor said that had she waited another day or so, she would have been in the hospital.

Now, China is trying to plant a bunch of trees to help with the pollution, and because of the upcoming Olympics. Many of the countries are worried about the effects of the air pollution to their athletes and said that they will impose rules that force the athletes to stay indoors with air conditioning until they have completed their events.