Department of Interior Receives Special Delivery

Feature story - October 23, 2003
In preparation for the U.S. Senate vote on H.R. 1904, the legislative equivalent of President Bush's so-called "Healthy Forest Initiative (HFI)," activists in Washington, D.C. delivered a 6-foot-diameter slab cut from the stump of a logged 440-year old tree to the Department of Interior.

(c) Lombardi/Greenpeace

In preparation for the U.S. Senate vote on H.R. 1904, the legislative equivalent of President Bush's so-called "Healthy Forest Initiative (HFI)," activists in Washington, D.C. delivered a 6-foot-diameter slab cut from the stump of a logged 440-year old tree to the Department of Interior. The 440-year-old giant tree stump was logged earlier this year under a timber sale on public lands controlled by the Bureau of Land Management in Medford, Oregon.

The slab was originally part of the "Healthy Forests Reality Tour" which traveled across the country to highlight the dismantling of environmental laws by the Bush administration. The message on the slab reading "Clear-Cut Cowboy says, 'No Tree Left Behind' " could not have been more timely as the U.S. Senate was preparing to consider legislation that would increase the logging of healthy mature and old-growth forests under the guise of "forest health" and "hazardous fuels reduction." According to the country's top forest scientists, including the Forest Service's own scientists, this type of logging can actually increase fire risk and make fires larger and more intense.

However, the Bush administration remains steadfast in arguing that mature and old-growth forests must continue to be logged in order to pay timber companies to carry out "forest health" and "hazardous fuels reduction" projects across our public lands. This legislation also cuts out citizen participation in management decisions affecting their forests and makes it virtually impossible for the American public to object to this type of logging by changing the standards of judicial review so significantly that it would shift the scales of justice to favor the timber industry over citizens in the federal courts.

Read the Greenpeace press release.

Watch a video from the event.

In related news, an old-growth timber sale was recently blocked by forest activists. Read a copy of the coalition's press release about the event.

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