“Disaster Capitalism” at it’s worse. the Chinese definition of chaos is opportunity.
We all know one political party routinely uses “opposite world” to name bills so hideous that no one in their right mind would support. They are counting on you to not pay attention. This bill will be a catastrophe for everyone but corporate donors. Read the comments and letter from a member of Forest Unlimited and take action, please. Corporate interests have fast racked the destruction of our forests for their profit in HR 2936. Just say no! Email, phone contacts and letter you can copy and paste are below. Thanks for taking action.
We ask that you oppose an egregious forestry bill that has already passed the House of Representatives and needs action for the Senate. There is a sample letter I wrote for Forest Unlimited below that you could model, add or subtract.
The potentially disastrous Westerman bill, H.R. 2936 , ironically called the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017, passed the House by a vote of 232 to 188 on November 2, 2017 and is now on its way to the Senate. It was sponsored by Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.), a licensed forester.
So why is this disastrous – surely we all want resilient forests? But no, this is a logging bill, that promotes logging on public lands, guts current environmental protections, undercuts the public process, and is masquerading as a bill to promote forest management and reduce fire risk. It would allow logging in massive units of 10,000-30,000 acres with greatly reduced oversight.
H.R. 2936 has nothing to do with fire protection. “The top fire scientists and an ever-increasing contingent of scientists armed with over a century of fire data and decades of their own research, are spreading the word: Logging far from homes and communities destroys forests and their processes, and does nothing to protect homes or communities.” (Maya Khosla, filmmaker, “Firewise” – interviews with firefighters).
Studies by Alex Syphard, Ph.D. of the Conservation Biology Institute, and others, have shown that while defensible space of up to 100 ft around homes can protect homes and communities from fire, massive fuel reduction and fire suppression efforts further from communities, do not.
“It makes no sense to clear-cut miles away from a community,” says Tim Ingalsbee, director of Firefighters United for Safety, Ethics and Ecology. “We just have to make homes more fire-resistant, and we know how to do that.”
The bill ignores all the new science. It will be discussed in Senate sessions very soon. Please contact your US Senator now, to oppose HR 2936 or any other pro-logging bill that would be promoted as a “compromise.” Sen. Barrasso (R-WY) is working with some others to attempt this. Urge your Senators to strongly oppose any bills that would in any way further weaken environmental laws to promote logging on our federal public lands.
Please call your Senator NOW asking her to oppose the Westerman Bill.
U.S. Senator Kamala Harris
San Francisco: (415) 355 9041
Sacramento: (916) 448 2787
Washington D.C.: (202)224 3553
Please phone as a priority, but if for some reason you can’t, then try emailing via https://www.harris.senate.gov/content/contact-senator
Senator Dianne Feinstein
San Francisco: (415) 393-0707
Washington D.C.: (202) 224-3841
Please phone as a priority, but if for some reason you can’t, then try emailing via
Sample Letter: Oppose Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017, HR 2936
We write you to oppose HR 2936. We support the concept of productive and resilient federal forestlands. But this is a bill that does the OPPOSITE of creating resilient forests. It is designed to be a gift to the timber industry with a pretense to help forests.
The bill expands the reach of “categorical exclusion” so that NEPA provisions that protect natural resources can be ignored such as sedimentation to streams, wildlife considerations, and cumulative effects.
The bill allows anything that kills trees as reason to log, such as for fire, insect boring, or fungal rot. But for healthy forests to thrive with resiliency, they need fire, dead trees, and insects. A healthy forest is one that is allowed to function naturally and is in balance with these processes.
Clearcutting methods will be practiced using herbicide application on ten thousand acres at a time.
In addition, salvage logging can be expedited which damages a burned forest that would normally recover healthier than before the burn.
Finally, the bill eliminates judicial review and eliminates any opportunity for recovering legal fees by plaintiffs, even if the agency is held in violation of federal laws.
Please oppose this draconian bill on the environment meant for short-term profits. Our intact forests and watersheds and wildlife give much more value to our society.
Larry Hanson, Board President
According to the League of Conservation voters, H.R. 2936 if passed “would severely undermine bedrock environmental laws and ultimately harm, rather than protect, our national forests. This bill would allow for environmentally devastating projects without the necessary environmental checks required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), dramatically expanding exclusions ideally meant only for non-controversial forest management practices. Among several environmentally harmful provisions, the bill includes language that would allow for harmful logging and road building in currently protected areas and even a section that would effectively repeal the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument’s protections under the Antiquities Act.
“By promoting commercial logging on a massive scale at the expense of sound environmental review and exempting huge projects without adequate safeguards, this bill represents another attempt by the radical leadership in Congress to meddle in the science-based decision making process that should be made by experts at the U.S. Forest Service and other land management agencies under existing law. Furthermore, by reducing public participation through the NEPA process, waiving the ability for citizens to challenge harmful logging projects in court, and limiting the rights of citizens to recover attorneys’ fees when they prevail in court, this bill curtails the public’s ability to engage in our forest management process.
“The goal of our nation’s forest management should be to make forests more resilient to the impacts of climate change, drought, and excessive wildfires, but this bill does nothing to achieve those goals.” https://www.lcv.org/article/re-oppose-h-r-2936-attack-forests-environmental-protections-public-input/
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