Lookout for 2000, the millennium, links to Forest-related sites


This is information quoted from an email on the Earth Rainbow Network (ERN), July 20, 1998. It is from the USA, but I feel much of the information is globally applicable and a good place to start.

A forest is a vibrant and mysterious place that gives us the air we breathe. Every fallen tree in an untouched forest is not a wasted "product." It is a vibrant birthplace for new trees. Every inch of moss on a mountain waterfall is a mysterious universe unto itself.

We need to appreciate the importance of a tree that is standing and expose the mythology of the U.S. lumber industry, an industry that seems to be in business to export our heritage and sell our future.

Don't let it happen.

RESOURCES

  1. Learn more about the public cost of logging roads from the Northwest Ecosystem Alliance at http://www.pacificrim.net/~nwea/
  2. The World Wildlife Fund tracks worldwide forest decline. Check them out at http://www.worldwildlife.org/forests/overview.htm
  3. Visit a panorama of a clearcut forest in Canada at http://geogweb.berkeley.edu/GeoImages/QTVR/VancouverIsland/NimpkshClearcutS.html
  4. Learn more about the clearcutting problem from the Wilderness society at http://www.wilderness.org/standbylands/forests/paying.htm
  5. Find your Congressperson and e-mail them. If you know your Zip code, you can find them at http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/ziptoit.html and tell them you want our forest resources managed for the future health of the planet, not the immediate health of business. Tell them to stop exporting our trees.
  6. In Canada, where the lumber industry operates without even the minor controls present in the U.S., nearly 3 billion board feet of lumber was exported, 2.2 billion of which went to Japan. Read about the lumber export business at http://www.randomlengths.com/samples.html#expdf and select the "Random Lengths Export Example" to get a PDF file of the March 1998 EXPORT report.
  7. Learn about the issues. Seek out books on the subject. A good source for used (and new) books is Powell's Bookstore in Portland, Oregon at http://www.powells.com/cgi-bin/associate?assoc_id=3D212 where you will find a wonderful alternative to the massive chain bookstores taking over the market.
  8. Visit the owlcam at http://members.aol.com/owlbox/nest98.htm to see a family of owls living and raising their young. Remind yourself of the miraculous cycles of life. Updated daily.
  9. The web site you are in {note, that provided the information on this page, Envirolink, is a powerful resource. Visit it often at http://www.envirolink.org/ and look here first for much of what you need to know about our environment.
  10. One of the most unique conservation organizations is The Nature Conservancy. Using donations, they buy critical habitat and protect it forever! To date, they have preserved 10.2 million acres in the U.S. and 60 million acres in other parts of the world. Check them out at http://www.tnc.org/involved/nsforms/work.html {Jackie Giuliano, Ph. D., can be found in Venice, California, mourning the trees and wearing an air pollution filter mask around town when he drives. He is a Professor of Environmental Studies for Antioch University, Los Angeles, and the University of Phoenix Southern California Campuses. Please send your thoughts, comments, and visions to him at ecojackie@mediaone.net and visit his web site at http://www.jps.net/jackieg/.}
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