1998 FWOC Resolution No. 6:
Preservation of the Giant Sequoia Groves
|About half of the existing
Giant Sequoia Groves, found only in the southern Sierra Nevada of
California, are located in the Sequoia National Forest. Contrary
to most people's perceptions, less than half of the groves are
protected in National Parks. In the past, the Forest Service has
logged some of these groves, leaving only giant specimen trees
surrounded by clearcuts. Environmentalists have been able to stop
the logging inside the groves, but the Forest Service still intends to
log the surrounding forests. Giant Sequoia Groves are part of the
larger ecosystem found in the surrounding conifer forests. The
groves cannot survive with only lines drawing around the outermost
trees without regard to what goes on in the forest around them. Past
logging has severely impacted the surrounding forests, and continued
logging as proposed by the Forest Service could make it impossible for
the groves to survive as we know them today.
|Congressman George Brown
has introduced HR 2077, the Sequoia Ecosystem and Recreation Preserve
Act, which would set aside over 300,00 acres as a Preserve in the
Sequoia National Forest. The purpose of the Preserve is to
protect the Giant Sequoia Groves, protect and restore the surrounding
forest, promote recreation in the area, and stop all logging and road
building inside the proposed Preserve. The bill would also add
about 170,000 acres of roadless areas in the Sequoia National Forest to
the Wilderness System.
|The Federation of Western
Outdoor Clubs reaffirms it support for HR-2077.
|ACTION: The FWOC urges its member
clubs and members to send letters of support for HR-2077 to their
Congressional Representatives, asking them to become co-sponsors of
this bill. Copies of the letters should also be sent to U.S.
Senators and to the originator of the bill, George E. Brown, Jr., M.C.,
2300 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515.
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