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Siskiyou Wild Rivers National Monument Letter to President Clinton

Days before President Clinton's second term as president ended, a Siskiyou Wild Rivers national campaign was asking Clinton to designate the Siskiyou National Forest as the Siskiyou Wild Rivers National Monument. This letter brought the world famous ecologist and advocates for nature E.O. Wilson on the side of the Siskiyous.

Unfortunately, as can be seen in the news item a week later, that was not done. In 2005, under draconian new policies instituted by the Bush Administration, the unprotected Siskiyou National forest was subjected to massive ecologically catrastrophic logging of Ancient and roadless forest areas in the infamous "Biscuit" timber salvage sale.

January 11, 2001

President William J. Clinton
Vice President Al Gore
Secretary Bruce Babbitt
Secretary Dan Glickman

Dear Mr. President and Mr. Vice President, and Secretaries Babbitt and Glickman,

We strongly urge you to designate the Siskiyou Wild Rivers National Monument. The Siskiyous are one of the most biologically rich temperate forests in the world. It is essential to protect these unique forests from destructive mining and logging in order to maintain healthy biodiverse forest ecosystems in the United States for future generations. The permanent protection of this area will not only be an important benefit for science, but will also rank as one of the great environmental achievements in American history.


Carl Ross
Founder and Executive Director
Save America's Forests
Washington, DC

Edward O. Wilson, Ph. D.
Pellegrino University Professor Emeritus
Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Stuart Pimm, Ph.D.
Professor in Conservation Biology
Center for Environmental Research and Conservation
Columbia University
New York, New York

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