This summer, big timber companies are headed from the Oregon border to the redwoods and to the forests just outside Lake Tahoe and Yosemite. They’re bent on clearcutting tens of thousands of acres of forest–threatening our drinking water and increasing the risk of forest fires near our communities along the way.
75% of California’s water supply comes from our forests, so why are we allowing clearcutting to continue?
In a clearcut, the vast majority of trees are chopped down, and the same area is usually doused in herbicides–chemicals that can seep into our drinking water. Where there used to be natural forests teeming with wildlife, we’re left with industrial tree farms, erosion that fouls our watersheds, destroyed wildlife habitat, and increased fire risks.
Thanks for all you do for California’s wild places,
Sarah Matsumoto, Sierra Club Stop Clearcutting California Campaign