October 8, 2004
Representative Anna Eshoo Reintroduces
THE ACT TO
SAVE AMERICA'S FORESTS,
Senator Jon Corzine Introduces
THE ACT TO
SAVE AMERICA'S FORESTS,
April 2, 2003
Dr. JANE GOODALL VISITS U.S. CONGRESS, ASKS THEM TO PASS
THE ACT TO SAVE AMERICA'S FORESTS
Warns of Dangers of Deforestation, Asks
End Clearcutting, Set Up Protected Zones in National Forests
Jon Corzine Vows to Pass Legislation To Save Ancient Forests
and Stop Clearcutting
Contrasts his legislation with Bush's efforts to increase logging
and gut environmental laws on National Forests
D.C., April 1, 2003- World famous primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall
attended a press conference in the U.S. Senate today, and urged
the Congress to pass the Act to Save America's Forests, in
order protect the last Ancient Forests on federal lands, and to
restore the native biodiversity and forest ecosystems on public
lands. She compared the deforestation in the U.S. with the deforestation
in Africa and around the world, and stated the importance of immediate
action to protect the world's last wild forests.
Jon Corzine hosted the press conference, at which he announced
that he will be the new Senate sponsor of the The Act to Save America's
Forests. He will introduce the Act soon. He made the announcement
in the U.S. Senate, with other speakers including Dr. Jane Goodall,
of the Jane Goodall Institute, Dennis Schvejda, Conservation
of the New Jersey Sierra Club, Carl Ross, Director
of Save America's Forests, and Dr. Brent Blackwelder,
President of Friends of the Earth.
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Act to Save America's Forests,
historic legislation will protect vital ecological areas, including
the last remaining virgin forests and roadless areas, and end clearcutting
throughout our national forest lands.
the press conference, Dr. Goodall made a presentation about her
experience in African forests, the programs of the Jane Goodall
Institute, and the importance of forest protection and restoration
throughout the world, including in our national forest system.
Corzine will introduce this legislation to end a century of destructive
forest management practices on our federal lands. According to Corzine
"The Administration continues to put the interests of the timber
industry ahead of the public's interest in managing national forests,"
said Senator Corzine. "They are weakening protections for roadless
areas and continuing to liquidate remaining ancient forests. Passing
the 'Act to Save America's Forests' would ban logging in these speacial
areas, while allowing sustainable logging to occur outside of them.
It's a balanced, common sense approach." The legislation also
requires the Forest Service and other agencies to protect and restore
the native biodiversity on the national forests.
Corzine says that this legislation is needed to protect the last
wild areas and restore our national forests, in direct contrast
to Bush Administration's administrative and legislative actions,
which aim to reduce or remove environmental laws on the national
forests in order to vastly increase logging.
has widespread support throughout the scientific community. Dr.
Goodall signed a letter to Congress signed by over 600 other leading
scientists, including Dr. E.O. Wilson of Harvard, Dr. Peter Raven,
former Home Secretary of the National Academy of Sciences, and Dr.
Stuart Pimm, Doris Duke Professor at Duke University, endorsing
this legislation. The Union of Concerned Scientists also endorses
this legislation. This action by the scientific community signals
an unprecedented endorsement of a comprehensive, scientifically
based forest protection bill for the entire National Forest System.
According to Dr. Gary Meffe, one of the signers of the letter and
editor of the prestigious journal Conservation Biology, this
legislation incorporates the latest scientific principles of ecology
and may be the last hope for saving our National Forests from permanent