A Sweet Victory: Nestle Releases Global Forest Protection Policy

A big "Thank You!" to the hundreds of thousands of you who supported our two-month Nestlé campaign by e-mailing and calling the company or by spreading the campaign message via your Facebook, Twitter and other social media profiles. This morning, Nestlé finally announced a break for the orang-utan — as well as Indonesian rainforests and peatlands — by committing to stop using products that come from rainforest destruction.

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 A Sweet Victory: Nestle Releases Global Forest Protection Policy

Forests Worldwide

Eight thousand years ago, large tracts of ancient forest covered almost half the Earth's land area. Today, only one-fifth of the original forests remain as large areas of ancient forest. The rest have been destroyed, degraded or fragmented by relentless human activity.

In the last 50 years, 20 percent of the world's ancient forests have been cleared. The primary causes of forest loss and degradation vary from region to region. They include agricultural expansion, mining, settlement, shifting agriculture, plantation establishment and infrastructural development.

World map of remaining intact forest landscapes

*This includes both damaged areas and intact forest areas smaller than 500 km2

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Interviews with residents of the High Knob area in the Jefferson National Forest who...

Feature story | September 30, 2004 at 18:00

The High Knob area of the Jefferson National Forest in West Virginia has been targeted by the U.S. Forest Service over the past several decades as a major source of timber, despite the fact that it is a prime recreational area and the backyard of...

The High Knob area of the Jefferson National Forest is jeopardized by intensive,...

Feature story | September 30, 2004 at 18:00

The cool lakes and steep mountains of the Bark Camp and High Knob recreation areas in the Jefferson National Forest draw tens of thousands of visitors each year. Fishing, canoeing, hiking, camping and hunting opportunities abound. On a clear day,...

The orangutan's survival is threatened by illegal logging of ramin, its forest habitat.

Feature story | September 27, 2004 at 18:00

Expectant parents have a lot to worry about. Stocking up on diapers, painting the nursery, and preparing for long hours of sleep deprivation are only a few common concerns. The last thing they should have to think about is whether the crib...

Already sent a comment supporting the Roadless Rule? There's more you can do...

Feature story | September 13, 2004 at 18:00

So you've already sent a comment to the Forest Service asking them to uphold the Roadless Rule. Maybe you believe, unlike the Bush administration, that protecting our national forests is critically important. Perhaps this is one of those...

Defend Our Endangered National Forests from the Bush Administration: Weeks of Action...

Feature story | September 10, 2004 at 18:00

Defend our endangered national forests from the Bush administration! Make plans now to participate in our weeks of action mid- September through October.

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