Members of the Pinyon-Juniper Alliance agree to the following statement.
Resolution on the Protection of Pinyon Pine and Juniper Forests
Whereas, the forests of the Great Basin are unique, beautiful, and important for cultural, economic, spiritual, and ecological reasons, and
Whereas, these forests have provided food and medicine to human beings for thousands of years, and continue to do so to the present day, and
Whereas, in an era of warming climate that poses a serious threat, destroying forests exacerbates warming, and
Whereas, destroying Pinyon-Juniper forest has been shown to have little to no impact on reducing wildfire severity and frequency and increasing water flows, and
Whereas, Pinyon-Juniper forest expansion is, in most cases, reclamation of lands previously deforested for mining and fuel, and
Whereas, Pinyon-Juniper forests support more than 450 species of plants and 150 species of vertebrate animals, and
Whereas, protection of Sage Grouse will not be achieved by destroying Pinyon-Juniper forests.
Therefore, we, the undersigned, call on the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, and other land managers and agencies to cease and desist in Pinyon Pine and Juniper forest destruction projects (often labeled “treatments” or “restoration projects”) immediately.
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