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Protect Our Oldest Forests

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What’s At Stake

In a win for the trees and our climate, President Biden announced on Earth Day that his administration is taking an important first step to safeguard mature and old-growth forests on federal lands. With help from advocates like you, he signed an executive order directing agencies to inventory mature and old-growth forests on federal lands nationwide-- and to develop policies to protect them. Together, we have urged the administration to protect mature and old-growth forests in order to address our climate and biodiversity crises and the President has heeded your calls. We need to keep the pressure on in order to ensure that protecting climate forests from logging remains a central pillar of our national climate strategy

Older trees accumulate and store enormous amounts of carbon over many centuries, providing vital wildlife habitat, clean water, clean air, and mitigation for floods and droughts. The executive order directs federal agencies to complete an inventory of all old-growth and mature forests and this information should quickly inform a rule-making process that will permanently protect these climate forests across all federal lands. 

The President’s bold action rightly recognizes the importance of mature forests and old-growth trees.  Protecting them is exactly the direction federal forest management needs to move. We need your help to make sure the administration completes this process as quickly as possible and takes the next step to issue a federal rule to protect and stop logging of mature and old-growth trees in America’s federal forests.   

A river winds through a forest seen directly from above near Klamath Falls, Oregon.
BRIAN HANDY / GETTY IMAGES

A river winds through a forest seen directly from above near Klamath Falls, Oregon.

Your Actions Matter

Your messages make a difference, even if we have leaders who don't want to listen. Here's why.

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You level the playing field.

Elected officials pay attention when they see that we are paying attention.

They may be hearing from industry lobbyists left and right, but hearing the stories of their constituents — that’s your power.

Our legislators serve at the pleasure of the people who gave them their job — you. When you contact your elected official, you’re putting a face and a name on an issue. Whether or not you voted for them, they work for you, for the duration of their term.

Make sure your elected officials know whose community and whose values they represent. (Find your local, state, and federal elected officials.)

Your action is with us in court.

If a federal agency finalizes a harmful action, the record of public comments provides a basis for bringing them into court.

Throughout each of the public comment periods we alert you to, Earthjustice’s attorneys are researching and writing in-depth, technical comments to submit — detailing how the regulation could and should be stronger to protect the environment, our communities, and our planet.

We need you to join us — your specific experiences, knowledge, and voice are crucial to add to the Administrative Record through the comment periods.

Lawsuits we file that challenge weak or harmful federal regulations rely on what was submitted during the comment period. The court can only look at documents that are in the Administrative Record — including the public comments — to decide if the agency did something improper.

Your actions aid our litigation. Taking action and submitting comments during a comment period is substantively important.

It’s the law.

Federal agencies must pause what they’re doing and ask for — and consider — your comment.

Many of us may have never heard of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), but laws like these require our government to ask the public to weigh in before agencies adopt or change regulations.

Regulations essentially describe how federal agencies will carry out laws — including decisions that could undermine science, or weaken safeguards on public health.

Public comments are collected at various points throughout the federal government’s rulemaking process, including when a regulation is proposed and finalized. (Learn more about the rulemaking process.) These comments become part of the official, legal public record — the “Administrative Record.”

When the public responds with a huge outpouring of support for environmental protections, these individual messages collectively undercut politicians' attempts to claim otherwise.

What this means is each of us can take a role in shaping the rules our government creates — and ensuring those rules are fair and effective.