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

Sep 20, 2013

Forest Timber Harvest

Duncan Brown (Cradlehall), flickr

Statement from The Wilderness Society’s president, Jamie Williams

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.” 


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