Friday, January 27, 2012


During my forest-defender days in Oregon we used to say that when the environmentalists achieve a victory, it's only temporary but when the industry wins it's permanent. It doesn't take rocket science to know how long it will take to regrow a 500 year-old tree.

OREGON WILD reports that the US Congress proposes to take apart hard-won forest protections to help local economies. It asks:

As Oregon and the rest of the nation work to recover from the Great Recession, should we entrust management of our public forests to private logging corporations that are exporting record numbers of logs overseas and paying next to nothing in taxes to help struggling local governments?

Over 20 years ago, when I was on the road as a forest defender, I made the video below to help folks understand the issues. Unfortunately, the rap is just as relevant today. The only thing that has changed it that there is less ancient forest to protect. Please help my friends in Oregon try to hold the line against further destruction. Take action here. You can really help spreading the alert with 'likes' and 'shares' at Facebook and the social networks and, of course, email lists. Please do what you can.

NOTE: The video is long -- it can also be viewed in three 15 minute parts: Part I - Part II - Part III

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