The Wilderness Society condemns bill that would permit lawless logging in America’s national forests

H.R 1526 would open vast swaths of U.S. forest to timber harvests. 

Photo: Duncan Brown (Cradlehall), flickr

The House of Representatives passed a radical forest bill on Sept. 20 that would open the way for vast clear-cutting of the country's national forests. 

H.R. 1526, would undermine more than 100 years of bedrock forest management laws, carving gaping loopholes in laws designed to protect our forests and our environment and would essentially lead to “logging without laws” in our national forests.

The Wilderness Society is pleased to see that President Obama has threatened to veto the bill, should it pass the Senate. You can read a statement from Wilderness Society President Jamie Williams below. 

Thank you to all of our WildAlert  members who sent letters to get this anti-forest bill stopped. Rest assured, we'll continue to fight this disastrous bill and keep you updated about ways to help. 

Statement on H.R. 1526 by Wilderness Society President, Jamie Williams

WASHINGTON (September 20, 2013) – The following statement is from Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society, upon the U.S. House of Representatives vote on H.R. 1526:

“The ‘Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act’ is anything but healthy. Our national forests filter our air, provide clean drinking water, and afford all Americans the opportunity to experience the great outdoors. H.R. 1526 could clear-cut America’s national forests, from North Carolina to Washington state, without regard to local input or environmental consequences.

“The Wilderness Society supports sustainable forest restoration and timber harvesting, but this radical measure would require ‘logging without laws,’ supersede any local collaborative forest efforts, and mandate huge increases in logging.  H.R. 1526 would carve gaping loopholes in the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and other bedrock environmental laws. This would lead to dirty water and air, and destroy recreational opportunities.

“Americans love our national forests. We enjoy hunting, fishing, hiking and camping in these places that make America great. And with these activities come local, sustainable jobs that support rural communities across the country. 

“The Wilderness Society applauds the Obama administration for issuing a veto threat, and urges the U.S. Senate to reject this radical legislation, and instead to work to protect America’s natural legacy.”

Photo: A forest clearcut in Alaska's Tongass National Forest

See also: 

10 unique national forest experiences

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