Why buy wood products from clearcut forests?
Ask for Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood
Widespread clearcutting of Sierra Nevada forests continues to devastate our watersheds. While clearcutting is no longer allowed in National Forests, it continues on hundreds of thousands of acres of state-regulated forests. Most of this destruction has been done by one powerful corporation, Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI).
While we have not yet been able to get the laws passed to stop it, one of the most powerful ways of halting the destruction is through the choices that we make as consumers. When you demand only wood products that are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, you know that the timber harvesting has met standards designed to ensure ecologically sustainability.Don't be confused by products labeled SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative); this is the 'greenwash' certification for SPI. D
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Examples of FSC Wood Products:
• Framing Lumber
• Plywood, OSB, Particleboard
• Fencing, Decking, Trim
• Wood Flooring, Doors, Windows
• Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinets
• Built-ins, Trim, Closet Systems
FSC is offered exclusively or as an option by many wholesale lumber companies and retail outlets. The Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club lists many suppliers on their website: http://lomaprieta.sierraclub.org/forestprotection/ Click on ‘Buy FSC.’ Although many of outlets are in the Bay Area, you will also find many sellers elsewhere in California and the US.
To find out more about FSC visit: http://www.fsc.org/about-fsc.html and http://www.credibleforestcertification.org. For more information about the Stop Clearcutting Campaign contact Terry Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or Marily Woodhouse at Marily.Woodhouse@mlc.sierraclub.org
Join the Campaign
to Stop Clearcutting
in the Sierra Nevada
Yes, clearcut logging is still destroying the Sierra. A single huge corporation, Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) is clearcutting and turning into tree plantations over 1.7 million acres in the Sierra. We have partnered with ForestEthics in a campaign to ask people to stop buying wood products that are produced by destroying our forests.
We need volunteers
You can help us bring to the public’s attention the horrific effects of clearcutting, including the loss of beauty and wildlife habitat, the erosion and the sedimentation, and the poisoning of soil and streams with toxic herbicides. Healthy forests provide 60% of the state’s water supply, and sequester carbon to help combat global warming.
We need volunteers to write letters, do tabling, participate in demonstrations and help stread the word that companies that desecrate our Range of Light do not deserve our business.
If you would like to learn more, or to sign up to help, contact
Sierra Club End Commercial Logging Policy
Guidance provided the Mother Lode Chapter 2007
Carl Pope statement clarifying ECL polcy 1996
Sierra Nevada Resilient Habitats leadership team
Alternative Guidelines for Interpreting End Commercial Logging Policy
The Myth of Catastrophic Wildfire, Chad Hanson Ph.D.
Review of the Hanson paper, Sue Britting Ph.D.
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Helping the Sierra Nevada survive climate change!
Photo credit: Ed Pandolfino
Re.sil.ient: able to recover quickly from setbacks
In the face of a global warming crisis caused by a reliance on fossil fuels, the Sierra Club is working for the rapid transition to a clean-energy economy and reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. But cutting greenhouse gas emissions alone is not enough. The delayed impact of the gases already in the atmosphere guarantees warming and its consequences for decades to come. The United States and the global community must act swiftly to reduce the impacts of global warming already set in motion, and make addressing these impacts on ecosystems and wildlife a top priority.
One of the aims of the Sierra Club’s Climate Recovery Partnership is to reduce the vulnerability of natural systems to climate change—that is to build resiliency into ecosystems. The goal of the campaign is to ensure that as habitats change and species adapt or migrate, we have put in place the best possible conditions for protecting them in the face of these new threats. Ten iconic regions of the United States have been chosen to be the focus of the Resilient Habitats Campaign.
California’s Sierra Nevada was chosen as one of the ten regions that this campaign would focus on. Scientists predict that without aggressive action many of the range’s native plants and animals may not survive a warming climate. The conifer forests will shrink, along with their ability to fight global warming by consuming carbon dioxide. More frequent and more intense wildfires are anticipated. Species already stressed by habitat loss will have to contend with a reduced Sierra snowpack, upon which not only Sierra Nevada ecosystems but much of California’s human population relies for water.
At the same time, some of the traditional impacts to the range’s ecosystems continue —from clearcutting to ‘rural sprawl’ to damage from off-road vehicles. As our Resilient Habitats Campaign begins its work, below are two opportunities that we will focus on to influence the fate of the range’s abundant resources.
Improve the stewardship of our National Forests
Photo credit: Ed Pandolfino
The Forest Service will be revising its land management plans for all the Sierra Nevada National Forests over the next several years, starting with the Lake Tahoe Basin, which is well underway. These plans provide direction for 15 years or more and taken as a whole, could set a new direction for the National Forests and address the key effects of climate change. We will be engaging people all over the state to participate in the planning process, including commenting on these plans as they are proposed. Our focus will be on protecting and connecting ecosystems and wildlife habitat as climate change occurs.
Halt widespread clearcutting on private forestlands
Logging by clearcutting, particularly on the scale done by Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) which owns over 1.5 million acres of private forestlands in the Sierra Nevada, must end if we are to eliminate a major habitat stressor. Companies that manufacture products using wood from SPI need to be encouraged to switch to alternate suppliers. Educating consumers is essential; most are unaware of the continuing prevalence of clearcutting in California. Most important, they have the power to halt clearcutting by SPI if they simply request wood products that are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
Are you interested in helping this campaign?
We plan to engage members in the Sierra as well as in urban areas in helping educate the public, writing letters, tabling at events, making presentations to local groups, networking with green building professionals, and even participating in lawful demonstrations at stores, public events and timber conferences – all to ensure good stewardship of our beloved Sierra Nevada, which is facing its most serious threat from humankind. If you think you might like to volunteer in any capacity, please contact email@example.com or 916 557-1100 ext. 108.