Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, has introduced a bill in Congress to protect national forests, federal lands and wildlife refuges from aggressive logging tactics.
"This legislation bans logging practices that are decimating our nation's forests," Eshoo said. "The situation has reached the breaking point in America's forests, federal lands and wildlife refuges Congress must step in to protect the biodiversity of these ecosystems before it is too late. The added benefit of decreasing carbon emissions amplifies the need for this legislation."
HR 7090, the Act to Save America's Forests, will end logging in some areas while allowing for ecologically sustainable logging on federal lands. The act would also transfer the Giant Sequoia National Monument from the National Forest Service to the National Park Service. Logging has continued in the monument area but would cease if it became part of the National Park Service.
Eshoo said HR 7090 has the bipartisan support of 70 members of Congress.