February 9, 2001
The Honorable Jean Carnahan
United States Senate
480 Russell Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
As a concerned scientist and citizen, I write in
support of the Act to Save America’s Forests. The United States
Has a great treasure and valuable asset in its federally-owned forests.
I believe current federal forest management systems need to be revised
in accordance with the latest scientific knowledge. The Act to Save
America’s Forests is a proposal that makes good use of the latest
scientific research and provides a concrete blueprint for managing
our federal forests.
America’s most precious remaining forest ecosystems
are being destroyed by clearcutting in our National Forests. Logging
is occurring in groves of centuries-old trees and in our last remaining
wild and roadless forests.
The Act will finally end logging in all the remaining
Northwest Ancient Forests, end logging in all our remaining roadless
forests, and end logging in "special" forest areas throughout
our federal forest system, such as the giant Sequioa forests in
California, the Sipsey wilderness in Alabama, the Lullaby White
Pine Reserve in Minnesota, and the Robert Frost forest in Vermont.
In addition, the Act will ban destructive clearcutting in our National
The Act to Save America’s Forests is based on the
principles of conservation biology. It would make the protection
native biodiversity the primary goal of federal forest management
agencies. The bill would protect over 20 million acres of core forest
areas throughout the nation, including ancient forests, roadless
areas, key watershed, and other special areas. It is a comprehensive,
sustainable, and ecologically-sound plan for protecting and restoring
the entire federal forest system.
If the current pace of logging planned by the Forest
Service continues, nearly all of America’s ancient and roadless
wild forests will soon be lost forever. According to a recent report
by the World Resources Institute, only one percent of the original
forest cover remains in large blocks within the lower 48 states.
The Act to Save America’s Forests incorporates the solution recommended
by the report, namely to protect core forest areas from any logging
and to allow sustainable forest practices around these protected
forests. Endorsed by over 600 leading scientists, this bill may
be the last hope for America’s forests.
By the end of the 106th Congress, the Act was supported
by 135 Representatives and 6 Senators. I urge you to cosponsor this
Peter H. Raven
P.O. Box 299
St. Louis, Missouri 63166-0299
Telephone: (314) 577-5111
Fax: (314) 577-9595