It has become evident that quite a bit of clear-cutting has been occurring in the Sierra Nevada by Sierra Pacific Industries. Large patches of forest have been removed from private land, where clear-cutting is legal. This is having adverse effects: silt-runoff, which dirties our valuable drinking water; increased risk of forest fires; loss of important and diverse wildlife; and the loss of the beauty that the Sierra Nevada is famous for.
Sierra Pacific does not have to stop logging altogether, but instead use selective logging, which would be advantageous to the company as well. SPI would not exhaust its wood supply so tree plantations would have to be the only source for logging. Plantations actually have a harder time growing due to lack of diversity and the fact that the trees are often planted too closely.
We strongly urge those that share our concerns to get involved. With help, SPI will have no choice but to listen to the public opinion and put a stop to clear-cutting activities.