Sue Cag is currently on sabbatical and unable to answer emails at this time.
If you love trees, please help slow climate change. Write to your lawmakers about this crisis and hold industry accountable. Oppose logging on our public lands. If you care about old trees in the western United States, be sure to support local conservation efforts. No matter where you live, write to your lawmakers about the logging project erroneously named the “Save Our Sequoias Act” – which will make things much worse for our forests. This law bypasses all public input about what happens on our public land. The Forest Service has already ruined our sequoia groves by logging them. They are at this very moment logging them further (via a legal loophole). The Forest Service (along with other agencies such as Save the Redwoods League and the NPS) are attempting to grab even more of our taxpayer money to do even more damage. Logging creates an unnatural, imbalanced forest which may never fully recover, certainly not in our lifetimes. Most of us never get to see a forest with its full compliment of trees intact. We live in an impoverished world. Most of us don’t even realize it. Logging releases carbon, increases heat, dries out the forest, increases wind (which is required to drive severe fire), and results in a highly flammable unnatural landscape of shrubs, weeds, and tiny trees (not to mention impacts on wildlife). Wildfire is necessary in these forests, and contrary to what is often repeated without a second thought, it does not burn more intensely due to an accumulation of fuels. We need to focus on the real issues. The giant sequoias aren’t getting the snowpack they need due to a rise in temperature and aridity. All trees aren’t getting the moisture they need due to the increase in heat drying things out too quickly. The only way to help fix this is to address climate change.