Petition to protect redwood ecosystem
Below is a petition that is making the rounds that would ban “harvest, sale and export of all coast redwoods (Sequoia Sempervirons) and of all products made from coast redwoods.” It was written by MoveOn member Ellis Arseneau.
Too extreme? Campaigns to ban the logging of old grown redwoods, or to ban clear-cutting in California have failed in the past despite strong public sentiment. Of course, the ban on clear-cutting may have passed if not for the bombing of Judi Bari and the massive smear campaign that followed courtesy of the Oakland Police, FBI and their dupes in the media.
From the Petition:
The coast redwood is an endangered species, and needs to be recognized as such, and allowed to regain its original range.
That’s why I created a petition on SignOn.org to the California legislature, Governor Jerry Brown, the U.S. Congress, and President Barack Obama, which says:
Whereas, a great redwood rainforest once covered the west coast, from southern Oregon to midcoastal California, and about 40 miles inland;
Whereas, less than 4% of this great rainforest remains today;
Whereas, the coast redwood environment is a essential to a great number of endangered species, including the spotted owl and several species of fish;
Whereas, the continued decimation of this environment has led to a noticeable change in the climate of the north coast of California, and therefore must also be contributing to global warming as a whole;
Whereas, towns and villages near areas where clear-cutting has been done are now endangered by flooding, mudslides, and the pollution of delicate watersheds;
Whereas, the lumber from coast redwoods is not a necessary commodity, but one easily replaced by other types of lumber or building materials;
We therefore petition the governments of the United States and the State of California to pass a law declaring a 200-year moratorium prohibiting the harvest, sale and export of all coast redwoods (Sequoia Sempervirons) and of all products made from coast redwoods. Such moratorium will preserve the existing ecosystem of the coast redwood, preserve the existing old growth trees, and allow younger trees a chance to become old growth, thus giving the great redwood rainforest a chance to reestablish itself for future generations and for the health of the planet.