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Fight Climate Change - Save Mature and Old-Growth Forests

Old forests on federal lands capture and store vast amounts of carbon pollution and should be a cornerstone of U.S. climate policy.  Tell the Biden Administration it's time to let them grow.

Call on President Biden and his administration to realize the promise of his Executive Order by creating a strong, lasting national rule that protects mature and old-growth trees and forests across federal public lands from logging.

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To: Oregon's elected officials, private timber corporations and the Oregon Department of Forestry

Stop Clearcutting, Slash Burns and Pesticide Sprays Near Drinking Water Sources on the Oregon Coast

 

We the undersigned Petitioners are residents, business owners, water ratepayers, visitors and admirers of the North Oregon Coast who are concerned about the water we drink and the air we breathe. This petition shows support for basic, common-sense protections of these drinking watersheds. It will be presented to city, county and state legislators and agencies in order to demonstrate widespread support for common-sense protections for the most essential human rights of access to safe and plentiful drinking water, and clean air. These are protections our communities desperately need in the face of a changing climate.

 

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Restore Protections for Wolves

From Oregon Wild...

 

Trophy hunting and trapping. Bounty hunts. Killing wolf pups.

Heinous acts like these are what pushed wolves to the brink of extinction. State politicians and their bureaucrats across the West have proven they aren't capable of responsible wildlife conservation. Take action to support restoring wolf protections!

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Tell Senators Merkley and Wyden: work with the Biden Administration to ensure our forests aren’t used as fuel for electricity.

Burning wood in power plants is not “carbon neutral” energy.

It exacerbates climate change, threatens forests and the communities that depend on them, and doesn’t compete with solar and wind.

For years, scientists have warned that burning trees to produce electricity worsens climate change, in the same way as coal and other fossil fuels. Cutting older trees reduces a forest’s overall carbon storage capacity. And per unit of energy, biomass-burning plants emit more CO2 from their smokestacks than coal.

It takes decades for tree-burning power plants to deliver any climate benefits, and only if replanted forests fully regrow. This timescale is incompatible with the urgent need to address the climate crisis and diverts much-needed investment from real clean energy solutions.

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Defend the Endangered Species Act

Please remind decision makers that plants, fish and wildlife are beloved and vital to the public. Sign the petition below to tell them to safeguard the Endangered Species Act — to protect imperiled species for the next 50 years and beyond!

 

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act

Majestic bald eagles soar over forested mountain slopes searching for prey, while gray wolves howl a melodious song in the distance. Gentle giants of the seas, humpback whales, gather to embark on their great annual migrations encircling the Hawaiian Islands and far beyond. California condors, long gone from Oregon skies, could soon be returning, gliding on swift air currents with outreached wings. All this and more, a world teeming with unique and fascinating life could have been gone with the blink of an eye. The reality we live in now where the most iconic species still exist – and many lesser known, but still vitally important ones too– is due to the protection of the Endangered Species Act...

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Ask Senator Merkley to keep up the pressure for Wilderness Study Area designations!

The Department of Interior has a major role to play in helping to stem the climate crisis and the extinction crisis. More than 3 million acres of public land in Oregon are currently identified by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as “having wilderness character,” but are not protected for those values. That includes wild places like the Owyhee Canyonlands and Greater Hart-Sheldon complex. Across the West, that figure is close to 30 million acres and includes 3.7 million acres in Utah.

It’s crucial that Interior Secretary Deb Haaland resume designating Wilderness Study Areas in Oregon and across the West in our wildest places as an important step toward meeting the Biden administration’s goal of protecting 30 percent of public lands and waters by 2030.

Wilderness Study Area designations are a key pathway for moving public lands closer to congressionally designated wilderness. But the BLM hasn't agreed to take this common-sense step and designate these wild landscapes as Wilderness Study Areas.

At this critical time for our planet, we need bolder and more comprehensive action. As a leader on western public lands issues, Senator Merkley can play a key role in driving this point home.

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Take Action Today to Stop Old-Growth Logging in the Coast Range!

Your voice is needed! Despite international agreements to stop deforestation, the Bureau of Land Management plans to log Coast Range Forests up to 200 years old.

This massive project would sell off over 5,000 acres of public forests that currently provide large-scale carbon storage, clean water, and habitat for Endangered Species Act listed species like the marbled murrelet, coho and Chinook salmon, and Northern spotted owl. That’s all at risk if the BLM moves forward with this insane plan.

The forests of the Oregon Coast Range are worth more standing!

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Sign now: Protect old growth forests from logging

The last giants are falling in British Columbia. Old growth forests, home to tall, ancient trees, are still being commercially logged. Now, less than 1% of forests in BC are home to stands of large, old trees.

This issue affects communities across Canada. Healthy, old growth forests clean the air, shield us from fire and flooding, and store massive amounts of carbon. Once logged, it takes hundreds of years to recover the majority of that stored carbon. Protecting old growth forests is one of the most effective things we can do to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

BC recently released an independent report confirming the urgent need to ban logging for the most at-risk old growth forests. But instead of taking action, the government has left the majority of these forests on the chopping block.

These ancient forests need our protection.

Sign the petition urging the BC government to ban logging for the most at-risk old growth forests

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Restore protections for Northern Rockies wolves

The gray wolf species in the Northern Rockies has faced its most severe threat in a century. While an Earthjustice lawsuit recently restored protections for wolves in 44 states, due to a series of administrative and legislative maneuvers over the past decade, wolves remain unprotected in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and portions of several adjacent states. We are calling for federal Endangered Species Act protections for wolves in the Northern Rockies.  

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Restore Protections for Wolves

Trophy hunting and trapping. Bounty hunts. Killing wolf pups.

Heinous acts like these are what pushed wolves to the brink of extinction. State politicians and their bureaucrats across the West have proven they aren't capable of responsible wildlife conservation.

Take action to support restoring wolf protections!

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Sign the petition to President Biden: It’s time to hold the Forestry Industry Accountable for its Climate, Biodiversity, and Community Impacts

The United States is home to some of the world’s most diverse forests. Protecting these forests is as vital to solving the dual climate and environmental justice crises as transitioning to clean, renewable energy.

Standing, living natural forests are our only hope for removing and storing enough carbon from the atmosphere at the scale necessary to help stabilize the climate and keep temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees. Forests also provide clean drinking water, wildlife habitat, soil productivity, fresh air, and natural flood control, helping to protect our communities from the worst climate change impacts.

However, the US is among the world’s largest producers and consumers of wood products. Logging rates are among the highest on Earth. The scales have tipped towards looking to our forests primarily as a wood-supply store, largely ignoring their life-supporting and climate stabilizing functions.

The reality is that massive extraction and degradation of forests occurs in the U.S. at one of the fastest rates in the world. Threats to US forests are accelerating with a recent increase in the use of wood for electricity generation, in spite of scientific warnings that substituting coal or gas with wood will accelerate climate disruption.

For decades, forest policy in the U.S. has served to support the forest products industry, ensuring economic returns for large corporations and private landowners at the expense of healthy forests, workers, and communities. The forest products industry is driving massive carbon emissions, degrading forests, polluting the air and water, and compromising vital ecosystem services. The impacts, like so many other dirty and destructive industries, disproportionately harm low-income and communities of color.

As President Biden works to uphold his promises to address climate change and environmental justice, we must urge him to establish strong, ecologically-sound, and environmentally-just protections for our forests, as they are central to fulfilling these pledges.

From the Pacific Northwest to the Southeast, communities are calling for a Green New Deal for forests to meet the pressing needs of mitigating the climate crisis, defending communities against its worst impacts, and advancing a just transition.

Sign the petition to President Biden: In order to ensure your robust climate action will be successful, you must include protections for forests.

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