A forest isn’t just a stand of trees — it’s a living, breathing and adapting ecosystem of animals and plants of all kinds. From big to small, fascinating wildlife bound, fly and crawl within our forests. But from the boreal to our national forests, these special places are in trouble.
Environment Rhode Island members and people across the country are coming together this Giving Tuesday to protect our forests.
North American forests are the home of big, charismatic critters including elk, moose, wolves, bears and caribou. Smaller but beloved mammals love our forests too: foxes, rabbits, and squirrels are common in the woods. Smaller still are the beetles, frogs and salamanders that move along the forest floor.
All these wild creatures and more depend on our forests — and it’s up to us to save their homes.
Many of our forests are still at risk of clear-cutting.
And for a moose or a bunny, that’s like swinging a wrecking ball into their home.
We can’t let our forests get mowed down. Here’s our plan to keep trees standing for generations to come:
Convince Costco, Home Depot, and other companies not to sell products sourced from logging the boreal forest. The Canadian boreal is the world’s largest remaining intact forest, and we shouldn’t be cutting it down for toilet paper or wood.
Protect thousands acres of national forests. Logging, development and other threats have no place in our remaining wild forests.
Secure permanent federal protections for old-growth and mature forests. Letting trees grow is a natural climate solution that can help meet President Biden’s climate goals. We’re advocating for the Biden administration to stop the logging of America’s oldest trees.
Environment Rhode Island has successfully stood up for our forests before.
Nearly 16,000 supporters like you called on the Biden administration to restore Roadless Rule protections to the Tongass National Forest, the world’s largest intact temperate rainforest. To protect the boreal, we helped convince Procter & Gamble, the maker of Charmin, Bounty and Puffs, to launch a new forest-free bamboo toilet paper.
And on Earth Day, President Biden issued an executive order pledging to restore and protect our nation’s mature and old-growth forests. But that’s just a first step and we still have more work to do.
Forests are crucial habitat for thousands of species. And sadly, just one species is responsible for their decline — us. We know that our forests are worth so much more than timber or tissue. That’s why [site-name] is standing up for our forests.
Make your Giving Tuesday gift now to help keep forests standing tall for generations to come.