Uphold the Sierra Nevada Framework
Regional Forester Jack Blackwell’s dismantling of Sierra Nevada Framework is offensive.
The Sierra Nevada Framework was a monumental achievement which culminated from millions of dollars and years of expert analysis, debate, scientific development, and comments from hundreds of thousands of citizens, including the Forest Service’s own biologists. It was undone in less than a month. Forest Service Chief Dale Boswell announced that he would uphold the Sierra Nevada Plan. In the next breath he directed his new Regional Forester to dismantle it, and that is exactly what Jack Blackwell did. Mr. Blackwell delivered his execution of the plan on none other than New Year’s Eve, during a holiday season when citizens were still reeling from this past year’s events. Mr. Blackwell has pledged to directly contradict the accepted plan by:
— Maintaining grazing use at the current level.
— Increasing logging in Northern Sierra Forests by as much as 250 percent. The Forest Service annually operates its timber program at a roughly $1 billion dollar loss to taxpayers.
— Relying on logging and “thinning” rather than prescribed burning to address fuel loads.
— Logging in old growth and roadless areas.
— Ignoring years of scientific research and hundreds of published findings by planning to intensively log up to 30 percent of remaining suitable spotted owl habitat to see how the owls respond.
If you are as outraged as I am, tell Regional Forester Jack Blackwell and Chief Dale Bosworth to honor the wishes of the majority of citizens and uphold the Sierra Nevada Framework in it’s intended goals of protecting our water, remaining 8 percent of old-growth forests, wildlife, and to restore the health of our land.
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