Members of Congress,
the undersigned concerned scientists are alarmed at
the peril to the biosphere and humanity caused by
deforestation of our nation's forestlands.
and other even aged silvicultural practices and timber
road construction have caused widespread forest ecosystem
fragmentation and degradation. The result is species
extinction, soil erosion, flooding, destabilizing
climate change, the loss of ecological processes,
declining water quality, diminishing commercial and
sport fisheries, and recently, mudslides in Oregon
which killed American citizens.
than 5% of America's original forests remain, and
these forests are found primarily on federal lands.
Logging in the last core areas of biodiversity is
destroying the remaining intact forest ecosystems
in the United States. At the current rate of logging,
these forests and their priceless biological assets
will be destroyed within a few decades.
urge Congress to pass the Act to Save America's Forests.
It is the first nationwide legislation that would
halt and reverse deforestation on all our federal
lands. By implementing protective measures based on
principles of conservation biology, the bill provides
a scientifically sound legislative solution for halting
the rapid decline of our nation's forest ecosystems.
Act to Save America's Forests will:
the preservation and restoration of native biodiversity
the central mission of Federal forest management agencies.
Ban extractive logging in core areas of biodiversity
and the last remnant original forest ecosystems: roadless
areas, ancient forests and special areas of outstanding
Protect sensitive riparian areas and watershed values
by banning extractive logging in streamside buffer
End clearcutting and other even age logging practices
on federal land.
Establish a panel of scientists to provide guidance
to federal forest management.
believe it is our professional responsibility to ask
Congress to align Federal forest management with modern
scientific understandings of forest ecosystems. Passage
of the Act to Save America's Forests will give our
nation's precious forest ecosystems the best chance
or survival and recovery into the 21st century and
National Academy of Sciences
Missouri Botanical Gardens
Goodall, C.B.E., Ph.D.
Director of Science and Research
The Jane Goodall Institute
(Silver Spring, MD)
O. Wilson, Ph. D.
Pellegrino University Research Professor
Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
... and over 600 other leading biologists,
ecologists, foresters, and scientists from
other forest specialties.
Wilson Lecture and Slide Show in the U.S. Senate
Jane Goodall's Press Conference and Lecture in the
Peter Raven's letter to the Senate endorsing the
Act to Save America's Forests
more information and a summary of the Act, and
link to the Act text