World Protest Makes Ocean City Think Twice About Boardwalk

New Jersey based Friends of the Rainforest and EcoInternet's campaign to stop the use of ancient rainforest timbers for boardwalk repairs is progressing nicely — garnering media attention and already changing the city council's vote. An important precedent is being set that ancient rainforest timbers belong in rainforest canopies, not in construction projects and consumer products. You can still take action — we are making a difference with every protest email we send and every new protest network participant we recruite.
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9 Responses

  1. Julia Carter says:

    I am really dismayed at Greenpeace's willingness to compromise on ancient forest logging. I guess this is why they have identified those “keystone forests” in the U.S. I've been through some of these places and there isn't much forest left.
    One of their keystone forests includes the coastal redwoods in northern California. It is appalling what is happening out there, clearcutting by a rapacious and ruthless mega-corporation owned by a man who should be the most wanted man in America. The much lauded Clinton era “Headwaters Forest Agreement” led the public to believe that all was well, but this agreement gave huge concessions to industry and logging companies, and the destruction continues, often illegally.
    I don't know all the science behind it, but I feel deep in my heart that what Earth has left of untouched ancient forests MUST be left alone. No compromises.
    The old trees are such wise beings and feel like old friends to me. Cutting them down, and ruining forest ecosystems with any industrial activity, amounts to murder in my mind.
    I remain torn between wanting to go to these places and put my life and body in the way of tree murder and needing to make a living. I'm searching for a way to live where I can do both.

  2. georgina says:

    Ecological internet has been very powerful in mobilizing over 40,000 emails to Ocean City officials to stop the criminal cutting of ancient forests. The fight still rages on since the Mayor Perillo states he will not honor the Council's vote to rescind the purchase order of Ipe wood. We are on the frontline and without the help of everyone who took the time to add their names to emails we would have been sunk!!Community effort on etherspace!!

  3. Paul Drake says:

    I have read your comments with interest but what is really disturbing to me is hearing a news report about the Solomon Islands where the government is having trouble getting an act passed through parlaiment that will control the logging to a sustainable level.Most of the forrests will be cleared in seven years.
    when I lived there in the sixties most of the rain forrests were virgin paradises.I would like to find out more about this
    Yours Faithfully
    Paul Drake

  4. Richard Donovan says:

    Colleagues,
    At no time has Rainforest Alliance misled either Ocean City or other parties with regard to this issue. In fact, we have asked ANYONE who has a specific concern about a specific certification we have done to provide us with SPECIFIC EVIDENCE if the forest activities implemented by any of our certified operations in fact is having a negative impact either on high conservation values (such as ancient forests), indigenous groups, other environmental values or local communities. In other situations where concerns have been raised, we have followed up on each and every claim and then reported publicly on those results. A summary of the results of every single FSC forest audit we conduct is also available, and if individuals have more concerns, we are accessible on the Internet or by telephone, through either our headquarters or regional offices around the world (see at http://www.rainforest-alliance.org, using the search engine on the website).
    We would urge you and others to consider the facts that:
    1) Ipe (one of the species being considered for use on the Ocean City boardwalk) is a species that grows in a variety of countries and forests, including forests that have been harvested on for many years. In fact in Bolivia, where harvesting in the past (of ipe and other species) has patently not been sustainable (this was true for many, many years), new (since the mid-1990s) forest management practices on FSC certified forest operations are resulting in the recognition and protection of indigenous peoples' rights, elimination of hunting, proactive strategies to conserve high conservation value forests, and enhanced social and economic livelihoods for local communities, including indigenous groups.
    2) Where an “ancient” or “old growth” forest value has been identified and the ONLY way to conserve such a value (according to scientists with site-specific experience) is to prohibit forest entry (for harvesting or other extractive uses), FSC certified operations do just that. This is true in all forest biomes – tropical, temperate and boreal – where the FSC system is operational.
    3) On the frontier of “intact forest” there are many locations (Brazil, Congo Basin, Southeast Asia) where the absence of economic alternatives for local people is resulting in them cutting down forests for other economic alternatives – such is the force of poverty that often drives deforestation. Is it even viable to expect that they will stop this behavior without economic alternatives? Removing the option of doing good forest management is something that indigenous groups such as the Kayapo Indians in Brazil or numerous other human communities reject. Instead, they are pursuing well-designed systems for the extraction of forest products, from brazil nuts to timber, or even ecotourism, or other less intrusive economic options. FSC does NOT promote timber harvesting – it promotes environmentally, socially and economically viable forest conservation and management. For example, in Guatemala, the management of natural forests by local communities has resulted in a reduction of fires and illegal logging, and conservation of the forest. In fact, as has been documented by conservation scientists, FSC certified community forestry operations in Guatemala have proven more successful in such protection and conservation efforts (documented using satellite imagery) than adjoining national parks, while at the same time generating revenue on a portion of their forests through timber and non-timber forest products extraction and ecotourism.
    From our perspective, which may be quite different than yours, Ocean City's actions to support FSC certification also support forest conservation, contribute to stopping deforestation, foster economic livelihoods for indigenous and other local communities, and are having a positive impact on climate change. And we would also suggest that the alternatives being considered, such as the use of fossil fuel based alternatives (e.g. plastic decking), may not in fact make a positive contribution on our world's climate. We strongly support recycling (we certified FSC recycled paper and wood products), but we also think that the full range of economic, social and environmental values must be considered in such decisions, and to eliminate FSC certified raw materials as an option is short-sighted from that perspective.
    Thank you for your concerns on these issues. As I have said above, and in all our communications with other parties, if there are any specific concerns on specific operations you have, we will follow up on them and publicly report afterwards on the results of our investigations. Unfortunately I must emphasize that our work requires that we examine issues on the ground – second or third hand claims, or press reports, just are not sufficent for making our certification decisions.
    If you have specific questions or concerns on ANY certified operation, please forward them to me and I will respond within a reasonable timeframe. We have based our regional offices around the world in tropical and developing countries and near the forest so that we can follow up on issues just like this.
    Regards,
    Richard

  5. Dr. Glen Barry says:

    Richard,
    We are questioning the basic premise that old-growth logging that is environmentally sustainable is possible. We do not just have problems many lax individual certifications, but the existence of the whole certification process in general. You conveniently do not address the fact that Rainforest Alliance knew of illegal FSC logging in Peru at the same time they were recommending Peru timbers to Ocean City. We will be issuing a press release in response shortly. Thank you for responding, however inadequately. The protest continues until ancient forest logging ends.
    Warm regards,
    Dr. Glen Barry

  6. Kate Burton says:

    I would be really grateful if you can explain what carbon sequestration means? I am a huge green supporter and always try to educate my friends but i need to better understand what carbon is released when a tree is chopped down. can you help?
    many thanks
    Kate Burton

  7. june Isaman says:

    I am new at all this, so please forgive the simplicity of my questions. i was wondering how the people in NJ found out where the timber was from. I wonder b/c i think more people would stand up for this too if they were aware of the situation.
    Thank You

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