Date: Mon Dec 15, 2003 5:43 pm
Subject: Has anyone thought about this
Why not get the Coastal Redwood (as a beginning) placed on the
endangered species list? This would make it illegal to harvest them.
As a next step we could get legislation passed to ban the manufacture,
sale and purchase of redwood products. A lawyer friend of mine has
looked into this for me, and he says it's totally doable under present
laws. He also says it would take years and dollars to bring it about,
so I'm not saying stop what we're already doing -- continue that in
I realize that this may already be happening. If so, who'se doing it?
Turns out Drew wasn't far off:
Old growth bill
The state Legislature is considering a bill that would ban state purchases of old growth timber.
The bill, introduced by Assemblyman Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and sponsored by the advocacy group Environment California, would prevent state agencies and school districts from buying wood or wood products made from trees from ancient forests.
"Worldwide, only 20 percent of the world's ancient forests remain standing, and here in California less than 10 percent of our ancient forests remain," said Steinberg in a written statement.
A spokeswoman from Environment California said no one knows how much old-growth timber is purchased by the state each year.
The timber industry is lobbying heavily against the bill.
It is expected to come up for a vote soon in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. (5/15/03)
And who is "Environment California"?