Following the government "deal" in September, 1996 and the beginning of cutting in one unprotected old-growth grove, the group-now growing with some participating in the massive demonstrations - escalated their actions in their role as religious leaders. Meeting with California Resource Secretary Douglas Wheeler, they urged him to institute a moratorium on "salvage logging" in the four unprotected groves. He refused. And on October 3 they met with Pacific Lumber's CEO and asked permission to visit all six groves, and for the 10-month moratorium to cover all six. Both requests were denied. Now they, and many others influenced by them, are working for a debt-for-nature swap for the full 60,000 acres.
For more information on this faith-based movement, contact the
World Stewardship Institute (WSI)
409 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95401.
or see their web page at www.ecostewards.org
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