Speaking out for God's forests

  To discuss the state of the nation's forests last year, the Religious Campaign for Forest Conservation met for several days on the California coast in the shadow of giant redwood forests. The campaign leaders emerged with a unified voice, calling for an end to the logging of old-growth forests and an end to commercial logging on all public lands. The group, a coalition of Christians and Jews, asks also for an end to logging and roadbuilding subsidies that feed the "corporate appetite for more trees and greater profits." Says the campaign's Frederick Krueger: "For religious reasons, not environmental reasons, we're making this call. Religion in the modern era has broken the circle because of its failure to have an integrated relation to God, creation and people." The group has met with Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt and Forest Service Chief Mike Dombeck and has published a list of "Twelve Ways You Can Help Save Our Forests." The group is now recruiting people to sign its Forest Conservation Pledge.

For details, contact Frederick Krueger, Religious Campaign for Forest Conservation, 409 Mendocino Ave., Suite A, Santa Rosa, CA 95401-8513 (707/573-3162).

*Dustin Solberg

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