A group of allied activists with Wildlands Defense and Deep Green Resistance have learned that the Bureau of Land Management plans to continue a century-and-a-half old tradition of clear-cutting already exhausted pinyon-juniper forests to clear the way for mining and ranching interests in the Great Basin.
We plan to stop the needless destruction of these forests. The first step is a fact-finding mission requiring us to visit the forests, and the human communities living with these forests. We will gather information to explain the specific threats to the forests and to demonstrate to the public how important these rare forests are.
In order to tell their story as honestly as possible, we need funds to travel to endangered pinyon-juniper forests. The funds will go to air travel fares, gas money, and four-wheel drive rentals. The sooner we can get started the better as the government, mining, and ranching interests already have plans in the works. We will be writing a series of articles on pinyon-juniper forests similar to the series Will Falk wrote about protecting Mauna Kea in Hawai'i (http://deepgreenresistancehawaii.org/protect-mauna-kea-from-the-thirty-meter-telescope-tmt/
speaking with indigenous holders of traditional knowledges, producing on-site videos highlighting their beauty, and developing strategies to ensure the forests' survival.
Several areas are in immediate danger including forests in the Virginia Mountains area north of Reno, NV and west of Pyramid Lake in Washoe County, NV as well as forests in Cave Valley south of Ely, NV, Lake Valley, and the Spruce Mountain region in Nevada.
Pinyon-juniper forests are essential to the health of the Great Basin's natural communities and have served as a traditional food source for the Great Basin's native peoples for millennia. Despite this, much misunderstanding, misinformation, and downright lies surround the forests. Not only can we stop the forests' destruction, we can introduce to the world the beauty, resilience, and wonder of the Great Basin's pinyon-juniper forests deepening human understanding of what it means to live in truly mutual relationship with the land.
We deeply appreciate any financial help you can give us. Your support will help protect some of the Great Basin's most unique natural communities and some of the world's truly wondrous forests.