New Report Identifies Nation's Best and Biggest Forests
Calls for an Immediate Moratorium on Large-Scale Logging in Public Forests
On the opening day of the U.S. Forest Service’s Centennial Congress, Greenpeace, in cooperation with the Big Sky Conservation Institute, has identified the nation’s last remaining intact forests and faulted the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for failing to protect them. America’s Keystone Forests: Mapping the Next 100 Years of Forest Protection names 11 "Keystone Forests," the biggest forest areas left in the United States that provide the best habitat for the most diverse species. Most of these forests are found on public land managed by the Forest Service or the BLM.
"While the Forest Service is patting itself on the back, the reality is there is little to celebrate when it comes to the state of our forests," said Pamela Wellner, Greenpeace senior campaigner and co-author of the report. "With only five percent of the nation’s ancient forests left in the lower 48 states, keystone forests represent our last best hope for saving the country’s natural heritage. Unfortunately, they are threatened by the very agencies that are responsible for them: the Forest Service and the BLM."
The following areas were identified as keystone forests: the Maine Woods, the Blue Ridge-Appalachia, the Florida Panhandle, the Upper Great Lakes, the Mogollon, the Sierra, the Klamath-Siskyiou, the Pacific Northwest Volcanic, the North Cascades, the Northwest Rockies and the Alaska Coastal Temperate Rainforest. Unique maps show the condition and ownership of the land within each forest. read the report
Other links to Keystone Forests are at the same page of the report. The Mogollon is particularly precious to me, hence the link for just that one here.
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