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The Words of Bruce Martin, Sierra Club forestry
chair for the state of Alabama.
"In Sipsey we simply have too many people utilizing
too small an area, so many people enjoy wilderness areas that they're traveling
from all over the state -- and from many other states -- to come to our
wilderness area. We're loving it to death."
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- National Forests are the only areas left where high quality
forested wildlands can be protected for posterity and where a vast
majority of our remaining Ancient Forests are located, and where old-growth
forest can be restored.
- National Forests represent and harbor the best
examples of America's natural heritage and biological diversity including a rich diversity
of trees and plant species, and essential habitats of vertebrate species including birds,
mammals, fishes, reptiles and amphibians, countless invertebrate species, and many rare,
threatened and endangered species.
- The protection of our National Forests is essential for
recreation and tourism economics in the United States to the tune of a $100 billion
economic contribution, representing over 30 times that from logging on those forests.
- Our National Forests absorb rainfall,
retard stream runoff, reduce floods, increase slope stability, retain topsoil, and retard
soil erosion and siltation into streams, irrigation ditches, and reservoirs.
- Clearcut logging and other types of commercial
logging and associated road-building mar the forest's scenic beauty, destroy its
wilderness character, degrade its unique ecosystems and habitats, displace and
indiscriminately kill its native wildlife, and choke its life-sustaining streams with sand
- The commercial logging programs of the US Forest
Service and Bureau of Land Management are being subsidized at a great loss to the American
taxpayer, and therefore unfairly compete against private commercial timberland operations.