Joint Action Letters - Sequoia ForestKeeper® supports a broad range of conservation efforts.

Find the letters below that SFK has signed supporting environmentally significant projects across the globe.

10 November 2021

Letter calling for President Biden to cancel the Nov 17 megasale of 80+ million acres of the Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas development.

8 November 2021

Comment letter to President Biden, Secretary Vilsack, and Secretary Haaland supporting protecting Greater Yellowstone and the 30 by 30 plan.

5 October 2021

Comment letter to Interior Secretary Haaland.

27 September 2021

Comment letter to President Biden, Speaker Pelosi, and Majority Leader Schumer supporting wildlife recovery provisions in Build Back Better.

20 September 2021

Letter to Governor Newsom from 31 stakeholder organizations requesting full funding of the Delta Independent Science Board and sign SB 821.

7 September 2021

Letter to Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Schumer to inform them of the propaganda fueled by the fossil fuel industry on the benefits of hydrogen energy.  

29 July 2021

Letter to Senator Wyden and Congressperson Neguse regarding so-called climate resiliency funding as just another way to package logging and native habitat conversion.

27 July 2021

Letter to the Council on Environmental Quality regarding the revision of NEPA implementation and executive orders that break existing caselaw. The whole NEPA revision must be rewritten to offer consistent guidance that protects the environment not the polluters.  

15 July 2021

100 organizations find the changes to NEPA under 85 Fed. Reg. 73,620 published on (Nov. 19, 2020) (“the Rule”), to permanently damage species ability to survive and exacerbate earth's destruction from climate change. The Rule undermines the Forest Service’s weighty responsibility to ensure that its actions contribute to carbon storage, promote resilience, and protect our remaining biodiversity.

4 July 2021

Groups opposed to the San Mateo and Santa Cruz plans to masticate thousands of acres of habitat in the name of fire prevention. The Forest Health and Fire Resilience Public Works Plans.

28 May 2021

Letter to California Governor, Senate President pro Tempore, Speaker of the Assembly, Chairs of various budget committees, regarding the state funding of the dairy biogas industry. The dairy biogas industry benefits few Californian’s but is a detriment to many by exacerbating climate change and contributing to aquifer pollution.

20 May 2021

Letter to Secretary of the Interior Haaland to urge the Department of Interior to maintain protections of the grizzly bear under the Endangered Species Act, protect habitat, and to advocate for the funding and implementation of non-lethal co-existence measures to support communities living near bears. The best available scientific information indicates there is no biological or legal justification for delisting any grizzly bear population in the lower 48 states at this time.

20 May 2021

Joint letter to USDA Secretary Vilsack expressing deep concern about the future of the endangered grizzly bear urging that he direct the Forest Service to amend select Land Management Plans that we detail below in order to better protect grizzly bears and facilitate their recovery since the majority of grizzly habitat in the lower 48 states is found on national forests.

20 May 2021

Letter to the chairpersons’ of the House Natural Resources Committee and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee regarding the fate of the iconic and endangered grizzly bear and other large mammals. With a request to increase funding to stave off the worldwide rising extinction rate of all mammals.

20 May 2021

Letter to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg requesting funding for roadway wildlife crossings that save the lives of both people and animals.

 
 
19 February 2021
SFK and many other organizations commented on proposed rangeland management directives  where the Forest Service sees a need to increase grazing on its system lands contrary to science on invasive species and livestock grazing.
The agency bias toward livestock grazing, comes at the expense of the many other uses of national forest land. Livestock grazing causes immense damage to native vegetation, soils, and water quality, and frequently helps spread noxious weeds. Grazing also degrades and fragments wildlife habitat and is a major contributor to global warming, as livestock, especially cattle, emit much methane, a greenhouse gas.
 
28 January 2021
This letter from 39 conservation organizations requests that the Department of Agriculture immediately implement a targeted, 60-day elevation of Forest Service decisions for the purposes of determining whether imminent decisions comply with the new administration’s policies for environmental protection, sound stewardship, climate pollution reduction, and roadless area protection. This includes the Sequoia Complex/Castle Fire Roadside Hazard Tree Project in the Giant Sequoia National Monument (CA) that would permit commercial logging of 9,455 acres of old and large trees along 130 miles of roads, including within Giant Sequoia Groves, and would destroy essential denning habitat for the endangered Southern Sierra Nevada Pacific Fisher, of which less than 250 individual fisher still exist. The Forest Service intends to issue a categorical exclusion approving the project, which it could do at any time.
 
12 January 2021
 
1 December 2020
 
16 November 2020
 
29 October 2020

 
5 October 2020
 
1 September 2020
 
8 July 2020
Sequoia ForestKeeper and other groups  register strong objection to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) horse herd reduction plan that was proposed on May 8, 2020 by nominee-to-oversee-the-BLM William Perry Pendley.
 
 
 
8 July 2020
 
16 April 2020
 
30 March 2020
 
24 March 2020
One hundred twenty-two organizations including SFK agree on the Five Principles for Just COVID-19 Relief and Stimulus.
1. Legislation must focus on combating the coronavirus pandemic and providing emergency
relief directly to the people and communities who need it.
2. There must be absolutely no funding for fossil fuel executives and shareholders or that
would promote fossil fuel production or infrastructure.
3. Funds should be provided for investment in zero emissions, sustainable energy technologies
and equitable programs that will support healthy communities free of pollution.
4. Recovery funds should provide long-term security in the just and equitable energy
transition for fossil fuel workers and communities economically dependent on fossil fuel
production.
5. Congress must ensure stimulus plans protect the economy from the risks of climate change.
 
19 March 2020
 
20 February 2020
 
25 August 2019
One hundred and seventy organizations objected to the deregulation and destruction of the National Environmental Policy Act proposed by the 2019 USDA. Our organizations provided the Forest Service 309 pages of comments on the agency’s proposed rule regarding National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance, 84 Fed. Reg. 27,544 (June 13, 2019), RIN 0596–AD31.
One hundred years of stewardship will be destroyed and the climate crisis will escalate to the point that there will be no hope of guaranteeing a livable planet in the near future.
 
16 August 2019
13 May 2019
Recommendation to Reject Petition for USDA Rulemaking to Exempt Certain Forests from the Travel Management Rule. Letter from multiple organizations to the USDA expressing concern about exempting some National Forests from the United States Forest Service’s 2005 Travel Management Rule, 36 C.F.R. Part 212. Uncontrolled access by motorized vehicles has caused many wildland fires. The Travel Management Plans help to prevent fire by controlling access in the backcountry.
 
28 Mar 2019

Letter supporting S.921, Protect Children, Farmers and Farmworkers from Nerve Agent Pesticides Act of 2019

 
28 February 2019
 
29 January 2019
 
10 January 2019
 
9 January 2019
 
6 December 2018
 
4 December 2018
 
7 September 2018
 
 
6 June 2018 
Do not weaken wildlerness! 150 organizations from across the nation reject the unprecedented call to weaken the Wilderness Act to allow for the use of mountain bikes in designated Wilderness.
Senate Bill, S. 2877 is a bill written to destroy more of nature by weakening the Wilderness Act to allow mountain bikes in Wilderness. The companion House bill, H.R. 1349, would also open the entire National Wilderness Preservation System to mountain bikes and other wheeled machines.
The 1964 Wilderness Act (36 U.S.C. 1131-1136) banned all types of mechanized transport, including bicycles, in designated Wilderness. Section 4(c) of that act states, “[T]here shall be…no use of motor vehicles, motorized equipment or motorboats, no landing of aircraft, no other form of mechanical transport, and no structure or installation within any such area.”
This benefits hikers, horseback riders, and especially wildlife who have less and less habitat in which to live. We have to be better stewards. Please contact your Senators and Congressperson and implore them to vote against this assault on nature.
 
16 May 2018
 
11 May 2018
 
19 April 2018
 
21 March 2018
 
15 February 2018
26 January 2018
 
22 November 2017
 
23 October 2017
 
26 June 2017
Letter from 39 organizations voicing strong opposition to H.R. 2936, the “Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017”. The bill overwhelming assaults the nation’s public lands and waters, and environmental laws. The bill severely undermines the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), eliminates citizen opportunities to seek judicial relief, allows millions of acres of currently protected roadless areas vulnerable to harmful road building and logging, reallocates funds under the Secure Rural Schools Act away from environmental restoration to timber production, dismantles interagency consultation integral to the Endangered Species Act, and puts national monuments designated under the Antiquities Act at risk. Among its problematic provisions, the bill creates multiple sweeping NEPA waivers; limits consideration of alternatives to the preferred action and no action alternatives; imposes 2-month deadlines on certain environmental assessments; and undermines citizens’ ability to enforce the law.
 
8 June 2017
Multiple groups expressed their opposition to HR 1873, Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act.

18 May 2017
Support for Assembly Joint Resolution 15 – Protecting California’s national monuments and the integrity of the Antiquities Act. These organizations wrote to California legislators Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry and Senator Dodd to thank them for championing an effort to re-state California’s ongoing commitment to national monuments. The groups urge the legislature to pass Assembly Joint Resolution 15 (AJR 15) in time for the June 8th anniversary of the Antiquities Act. On May 5, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) announced a review of certain national monuments designated or expanded since 1996 under the Antiquities Act of 1906 in order to implement President Trump’s Executive Order 13792 dated April 26, 2017. The Secretary of the Interior will use the review to “determine whether each designation or expansion conforms to the policy stated in the Executive Order and to formulate recommendations for Presidential actions, legislative proposals, or other appropriate actions to carry out that policy.”1 The DOI notice identified twenty-seven National Monuments under review – including seven in California – and has invited comments to inform their review.
 
10 April 2017
 
4 April 2017
 
14 November 2016
 
August 4, 2016
In this letter sent today to the State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) and the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) eleven organizations including SFK raised a fundamental concern with the process for exempting drinking water sources from the protections of the Safe Drinking Water Act in order for oil and gas companies to inject wastewater into aquifers.
“The use of already depleted groundwater aquifers to dispose of oil field wastewater is a wasteful, unreasonable use of water. The State Board has a duty to nullify this wasteful, unreasonable use of our aquifers, and to recalibrate and rebalance the groundwater system in light of current and likely future droughts and other threats posed by climate change.”

May 9, 2016

March 28, 2016

March 23, 2016

January 27, 2016 
Amicus Brief about East Reservoir Project in Kootenai National Forest - Amici’s (impartial advisers to the court for this particular case) interest in this matter is twofold. First, this case illuminates one of the most relevant issues in public lands today, local influence over forests that belong to the American public. Amici have an interest in ensuring that local interests and influence, which ultimately serve certain private interests, will not be given undue weight in an assessment of the legal merits of East Reservoir project -- a project that will heavily impact lands owned by the American people and their interests. Second, National forests, including the Kootenai National Forest, offer some of the most intact ecosystems which exist in the West, and often serve as the last refuge for threatened or endangered species such as the Lynx and the Grizzly Bear at issue in this case. Amici have an interest in ensuring that the East Reservoir Project will not unnecessarily damage this ecosystem and will adequately protect threatened and endangered species in compliance with the law.

January 12, 2016

September 18, 2015
 
 

April 27, 2015

Citizens Trade Campaign letter requesting Congress to the Ryan-Hatch Fast Track bill formally dubbed “The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015.”


November 13, 2014

Letter to Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior, Daniel Ashe, Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Douglas Krofta, Chief, Branch of Listing, Endangered Species Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from 220 companies and organizations requesting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service support the legal petition to protect the monarch butterfly as a threatened species under the ESA. The North American monarch butterfly population has declined by 90 percent in the past 20 years, dropping from a high of approximately 1 billion butterflies in the mid-1990s to less than 35 million butterflies last winter – the lowest number ever recorded. 


November 13, 2014

Letter to Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior, Daniel Ashe, Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Douglas Krofta, Chief, Branch of Listing, Endangered Species Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from 43 scientists expressing support in protecting the monarch butterfly as a Threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).


21 September 2014