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U.S. Legislation Threatens Oldest, Tallest Trees in Tongass Rainforest


Environment  (tags: politics, green, forests, ecosystems, destruction, environment, habitatdestruction, habitat, humans, conservation, nature )

Cal
- 913 days ago - news.mongabay.com
Up to 17 percent of the tallest old-growth trees in the Tongass temperate rainforest could be cut under new U.S. legislation, according to a report by Audubon Alaska



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Birgitta S. (231)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 12:58 am
Tnx for this, Cal.
saved the article...
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 1:07 am
Thanks for this article.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 3:40 am
thanks
 

Cheryl B. (64)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 4:51 am
scary
 

Cheryl B. (64)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 4:51 am
thanks for telling the world
 

Carol H. (229)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 5:05 am
noted, thank you Cal
 

John Gregoire (255)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 5:59 am
Thanks Cal. Obama's environmental record is dismal!
 

William K. (328)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 6:57 am
This is terrible!
 

Dave C. (214)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 7:21 am
how sad.....
 

Kristen Giffin (17)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 7:55 am
Thanks for the article awareness. Is there a petition somewhere to sign?
 

Suzy F. (94)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 8:40 am
More repugnancies........Where is our petition????
 

. (0)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 9:37 am
Noted, thank you.
 

NicoleAWAY W. (625)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 10:44 am
sadly noted
 

Patricia E. G. (51)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 11:17 am
This Legislation, HR-1408 is derived from 1971, over 40 years ago.
The devistation to Rain Forests and Tribal Peoples have under gone
Significant changes since then.
 

pam w. (191)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 11:42 am
Thanks, Pat!

Notice how QUICKLY some people want to blame Obama?

We can write to our representatives....and I suspect there will be heavy-duty support from environmental groups.
 

Tom Sullivan (99)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 12:21 pm
Thanks, our so called goverment won't stop killing our country
 

Carmen S. (611)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 12:25 pm
thanks Cal for getting this news out
 

Dotti Lydon (116)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 12:40 pm
I love trees, any kind of trees. Yes Pam, those some people (Republicans) blame President Obama for everything bad and give him no credit for the good things he has done.
 

Linda Clarkson Pressman (80)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 12:41 pm
thanks 4 posting this article
 

Gloria picchetti (286)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 12:42 pm
Traditionally conservatives only have one use for public land; destroying it.
 

Charlie Rush (53)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 12:53 pm
It simply, is not imaginable, how ANYONE, could be a party to the destruction of any of these old growth forests. We visited Sequoia National Park and the wonder of these incredible living structures, boggles the imagination. Words are not in our dictionary, to describe them.
 

karen lyons kalmenson (10)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 12:53 pm
stop this destruction please...it is a fatal disease!!!!
 

Janet K. (94)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 12:58 pm
I'm really hating Republicans these days. Do they treasure anything apart from money?
 

Marilyn M. (143)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 1:16 pm
Noted. Thank you for posting, Cal.
 

Debra Van Way (12)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 1:24 pm
Sigh-money to be made right now is all the greedy care about while living in their ivory towers. They don't even care about the mess they are leaving their children to live with.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 1:32 pm
This cannot be allowed. What sort of a world are we leaving future generations?
 

Edo R. (71)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 1:51 pm
Thanks for sharing!
 

Allan Yorkowitz (453)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 2:20 pm
Years ago you used to read articles about people chaining themselves to trees doomed to be cut down. I 'm beginning to understand.
 

Jen S. (108)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 2:22 pm
This beyond any attempt at justifications. And which candidates and elected idiots do the timbr companies bankroll? There wil be a correlation between the two.
 

Ray M. (0)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 2:27 pm
Shameful.
 

Lin Penrose (92)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 2:47 pm
Thanks Cal. Must be many 'old' legislations still available to those who want to use or abuse them. Thanks Pat G. for the info.
Wonder if there are any new legislations to stop the destruction of the Tongass and similar environmental vulnerable areas.
Am listening to machines of 'mass destruction' within a mile from where I live. Think a new cell tower with supplemental generators is going to be put in. My how the earth and other living beings pay for and with human technology and hungers. The hummingbirds and others whose food and homes are being destroyed, are making themselves known to me.
 

Henrik Thorsen (28)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 2:49 pm
Terrible news ... thanks for sharing, though.
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 3:06 pm
I believe our government is so corrupt large corporations can put money in the right places and get anything they want. It is sad these trees will be cut.
 

Marlene Dinkins (231)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 3:26 pm
terrible news!!!!!!!!!!!!! trees need the life, they are the housess for birds and they are alive. they also have feelings!!!! they sentients beings!!!!!!!!!this is sad . i hope this trees never get hurt this ways they do not need to be cut. its also a crime again the forest!!!!!!!
 

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 4:40 pm
Oh no, not the beautiful trees of History's past. We need Tree Huger Groups to form a Human Chain around these trees with petitions in the making to save them. If it lives as anything else does, trees have feelings to. I know cause watch a tree shake in the winter when no wind is blowing. You cut a tree it bleeds with what we call sap.
 

darla h. (2)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 4:42 pm
Let Us respect our Nature and not kill everything... These very Old, beautiful Trees's should be protected as they are our Breathe!!!! Our Life Forse....Our Future...Let us Stand up for them and stop it!!!! No cutting down these Old beautiful Tree's.....
 

Jane H. (133)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 4:54 pm
detestable
 

Jane H. (133)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 4:57 pm
horrible
 

Robert B. (57)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 5:20 pm
How do you replace an 800 year old tree? Do the jerks who want to cut these trees down not realize that this is permanent damage to the ecosystem? Where's the petition?
 

Ellen Emerson (14)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 5:33 pm
Do people not believe that rainforests are important to the survival of the human race? Do they think it's some sort of sci fi story? Thanks for sharing the story.
 

John D. (45)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 6:37 pm
Once again we have legislators who are exemplifing what it means to be permanently stuck on stupid...
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 7:11 pm
1,000 year old home to thousands of fellow creature's all for a quick buck and cheap crap.
 

Monica D. (580)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 7:16 pm
This sounds terrible. Perhaps someone can start a petition to stop this.
 

Ann B. (140)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 7:21 pm
Noted. Thanks for sharing this article.
Please leave our trees alone.
Monica D. starting a petition sounds great.
 

Teresa Cowley (273)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 11:23 pm
What the devil are they thinking?!
Thanks for getting the word out--any petition, or other action?
 

Fran away F. (111)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 11:26 pm
This is horrible! I suspect that anyone who thinks President Obama can be blamed for this legislation did not read the article, which clearly states that Alaska Republicans Senator Lisa Murkowski and Representative Don Young are responsible for this piece of garbage. The majority of Republicans in Congress and the Senate think global warming is a lie.
 

christina t. (22)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 12:43 am
Terrible news. Where do I sigh the petition? Please if someone is getting a petition up make sure we the Non- Americans can sigh. We love trees too.
 

KS Goh (0)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 4:54 am
Thanks for the article.
 

Kate Kenner (200)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 5:25 am
Sadly the Republican's idea of nature has more to do with conquering it. They hunt and cut down trees and promote drilling for oil, to name a few of their passions. Lisa Murkowsi has been a trouble maker before and now she is showing her lack of respect for nature and for the elderly, trees in this case. I can not fathom why anyone would even want to destroy such beauty such venerable pieces of the forest, of history. Some of these trees have been around since the 13th century. What a loss for us but also for the beauty of the planet,and the animals who live there. As always the goal is to take the biggest there are. hunters do it and greed dictates that the biggest are the best. Well, they re the best and that's why they should be left alone.
 

Lynne Buckley (0)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 5:50 am
Thanks for the article.
 

Roger M. (0)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 6:30 am
Unbelievable.
 

Sonja T. (7)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 7:58 am
This is bad news, why the hell do these idiots want to cut down the trees, I love trees and hate to see any cut down unless deseased. Seems to me these Republican bastards do not have respect for wild life or plants or trees, all these scum think about is themselves. To get rid of any of these old trees should be a criminel offence.
 

Gina M. (0)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 8:33 am
This is all supposed to benefit the "Real Americans? Alaska natives are born with a reverence for their land (this is what "SEALASKA" touts on their website)! Somehow, I don' think the natives agree with what this company is doing to their forests!! They also state: "Our philosophy is to protect and grow your corporate assets!!! So, which do you think is closer to the truth here! MONEY,MONEY, the root behind all evil!!!
 

Donna Hamilton (136)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 8:45 am
Sadly noted.
 

Lydia Weissmuller Price (181)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 9:17 am
The Native Americans used to say that trees are the guardians of the forest. Once you have understood and been admitted by the trees the spirit world is opened to you. I believe this is so. Once you come to a point of admiration and understanding of the essential need for trees, you become aware of the spirits (creatures) whose lives are dependent upon and entwined with them. Just as the trees roots are entwined beneath the soil, so are we entwined with nature. Destroy one and you destroy us all.
 

Sue H. (7)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 9:51 am
NO to the removal of even One Old Growth Tree! Where are the petitions?? We can not let this happen.
 

Brenda Towers (0)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 10:39 am
Dreadful news.
 

Kathleen R. (138)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 10:53 am
Noted & read
 

Patricia Garc´┐Ża Ces (8)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 11:06 am
This CANNOT be allowed to happen!!!
 

Andrea A. (11)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 11:53 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Terri Hughes (412)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 12:06 pm
Man just keeps destroying the earth, because of GREED!!!!
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 1:21 pm
thank you

action taken
 

Paul Fleming (5)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 2:40 pm
disgusting
 

wendi huffman (4)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 3:28 pm
noted & thanks for sharing
 

Roxann Shadrick (15)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 5:07 pm
Noted thanks for sharing
 

Bette M. (91)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 5:36 pm
Some day the earth will weep,
she will beg for her life, she will
cry with tears of blood.
You will make a choice,
if you will help her or let her die,
and when she dies, you will die too.


Wherever you walk there once was a forest.
Plant & protect Danny's trees for life......
Trees are the lungs of the earth..
 

Sonya Armenia Redfield (91)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 6:45 am
Noted
 

JL A. (275)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 7:51 am
Sounds like a severe dereliction of duty
 
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