Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Mighty Sequoia

Giant Sequoias are the most massive trees on earth. Many of these cinnamon colored giants stand almost as tall as the Statue of Liberty and date back 3,500 years, making them among the largest and oldest trees on Earth.

Only a small portion of the original range of Giant Sequoia groves remain, with over half lying within the boundaries of the Giant Sequoia National Monument, which managed by the U.S. Foewst Service.

The Department of Agriculture and U.S. Forest Service are considering several plans that will allow logging within this ecologically landmark...a move that will threaten the survival of the Giant Sequoia ecosystem. It is essential for the Secretary of Agriculture to reserve plans to log this area, and to take steps to protect this precious place.

If the lumber industry is allowed to log in this area, bulldozers and other heavy logging equipment will be allowed to plow through the Monument's fragile habitats,

Old growth forests in the Sierra Nevada have already been reduced by 60-85% as a result of logging on National Forest and provate timberlands, The protected lands of the Giant Sequoia Monument provide a critical sanctuary for unique wildlife of the forest.

Citizens in the United States overwhelmingly support conserving and protecting our land, air and water for our children and grand-children. Our time to push forward is now. We must push the Department of Agriculture and the Forest Service to withdraw their plans to allow logging, and to come out with a new plan which will manage the Monument like the adjacent Sequoia National Park.

But only with an active citizenry can the Sierra Club stop the logging industry from destructive actions that will forever damage America's forest and natural treasures like the Giant Sequoia Vational Monument.


welcome to my world of poetry said...

This is most interesting Margaret. A thing I knew nothing about, so I've learned something new today.
Hope all is well.

Denise said...

Well said Margaret, and a great post on the Giant Sequoia. I always learn a lot here.

Anonymous said...

I, too, learned something today. They are such beautiful trees but I did not know much about them either. Thanks for enlightening me on this subject. Hope you are doing well and your husband, too.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hello Margaret,

Very interesting and informative post. I am surprised to note that there are trees which are 3500 years old. Surely all efforts must be made to conserve them and protect them from the greed of men.

Best wishes,

kavita said...

So interesting information.I love knowing about such things.Thanks a lot for sharing.Regards.

Kay said...

A very long time ago, we took our kids to the Sequoia National Forest and slept in a cabin amidst the tall trees. It was awesome. However, it was sad to hear about how many of these trees were destroyed by the lumber industry to make things like toothpicks.

Becky said...

There is so much I have yet to learn. Thanks for the lesson. How interesting about these massive trees.

romance-of-roses said...

I am all for conservation and protecting what this great country of ours has. Unfortunately not everyone thinks the same. It's so sad to our country little by little being destroyed. Wonderful post...Lu... p.s. had to comment on one of your older post about love.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

no, no, no, we mustn't let this happen. I hate the things they do just for the almighty dollar!

Denise said...

Hi Margaret, I came back to answer your question. I have seen the Giant Sequoia. We drove through the National Park a couple of years ago named for them. I was in total awe of them. Have a great week.

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