Clearcutting a Roadless Area Is Not Protecting It
Table Mountain Inventoried Roadless Area is a 16,000-acre tract of tightly packed summits, modest in height but marked by rocky outcrops and stunning cliff faces. It lies above one of the most spectacular and undeveloped valleys in the East. The 100-year-old forests within the roadless area, like other portions of the Swift River valley, have begun to recover some of the old-growth majesty that was lost when the entire White Mountain region of New Hampshire was ravaged by timber barons in the late 1800s.
Each year, millions of people flock to this national forest -- and in particular, this valley -- to take in its broad vistas, soak up its sylvan stillness, and catch a glimpse of wild nature that’s increasingly rare on the densely populated East Coast. But the Forest Service wants to clearcut the Table Mountain Roadless Area.
Last year, the Obama administration pledged to put a moratorium on logging and other development in roadless areas as a first step toward fulfilling its promise of enacting permanent, nationwide roadless-area protection. Clearcutting in a roadless area is not protecting it. Local Forest Service officials, and more importantly, agency leaders and the Obama administration, need to hear that Americans want real protection for national forest roadless areas. Logging plans for Table Mountain and other roadless areas across the country need to be scrapped.
Please take action now and send a letter calling for an end to the logging of our precious roadless lands, as well as the implementation of a permanent, consistent, nationwide roadless-area protection policy.