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Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics

FSEEE holds the Forest Service accountable for responsible land stewardship. We work to protect your national forests, wildlife habitat, wilderness, and rivers by reforming the U.S. Forest Service through advocacy, education, and whistleblower protection.
P.O. Box 11615, Eugene, OR 97440
Phone: (541) 484-2692 | Fax: (541) 484-3004
http://www.fseee.org | fseee@fseee.org
What does a $100 contribution do for this organization?
A $100 donation will pay for: (1) distribution of a forest ecology curriculum to 5 schools; (2) a fire education presentation to a community group or school; (3) a half day on-site examination of a national forest to determine how a timber sale will effect that forest’s ecology; (4) a half-day technical review of a draft forest plan; or (5) a counseling session with a whistleblower who has identified problems on a national forest.
Why does this donor support this organization?
"I give to FSEEE because I have four small grandchildren and I worry about what there will be left for them. I take them for walks in the forest and show them the big old growth trees that are in jeopardy of being sold off. Without organizations like FSEEE there would be no one to watch over our national lands and protect them from larger special interest groups with different agendas." —Pam Bridge

FSEEE is made up of present, former and retired Forest Service employees, other government resource managers, and thousands of concerned citizens and activists working to change the Forest Service's basic land management philosophy.

History:

Founded in 1989, FSEEE has become the nation’s most well respected environmental voice for national forest protection. We have grown to be the largest public forest protection organization in the country, with more than 500 Forest Service employee members providing the technical expertise on which we rely, and 10,000 citizen members who provide political and financial support.

Relationship with Forest Service:

FSEEE enjoys support from within the Forest Service at all ranks, but weighted more heavily among field personnel, scientists and “-ologists” (e.g., biologists, botanists, ecologists). During periods of pro-environment administrations, FSEEE works openly and closely with Forest Service leadership to implement major changes, such as the roadless area protection rule that has prevented logging road construction in more than 50 million acres of wild lands. During periods of anti-environment administrations, we work more quietly with particular senior officials who are resisting political pressure to undo environmental protections.

Achievements:

  • FSEEE successfully defended OSU scientists who lost grant funding after they authored a study showing that salvage logging substantially impaired the natural regeneration of Oregon's Siskiyou National Forest.
  • FSEEE halted logging of hundreds of acres of old-growth trees in the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness Area of the Malheur National Forest in Oregon.
  • FSEEE is engaging federal legislators in protecting Wassen Creek, with the hopes of making this remote Coast Range forest a federally protected Wilderness area. Read how it's happening now...
  • FSEEE required the Forest Service to build a fence to protect a sensitive streamside area that was being destroyed by cattle grazing on the Fremont-Winema National Forest in Oregon.
  • FSEEE required the Forest Service to analyze the cumulative effects of commercial packstock operations in popular wilderness areas—the Forest Service controls 35 million acres of public wilderness.
  • FSEEE stopped the Forest Service from allowing timber purchasers to select which trees to cut in one of the largest logging operations in Forest Service history.
  • FSEEE vindicated a suspended Forest Service whistleblower who removed illegal signs opening undesignated roads to OHV use in the Angeles National Forest.
  • FSEEE was instrumental in removing the most environmentally-damaging provisions of the so-called Healthy Forest Restoration Act prior its passage.
  • FSEEE stopped a developer's lawsuit against Forest Service biologists who had authored a scientific study on bald eagle habitat.
  • FSEEE catalyzed the passage of a federal rule protecting 58 million acres of roadless national forests by organizing 500 Forest Service employees to petition Forest Service Mike Dombeck for the rule and overturning in the appeals court a district court injunction barring the aforementioned roadless rule from implementation.
  • FSEEE ghost-wrote the Forest Service’s Sierra Nevada Framework Plan, which oversees all management activities in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, by organizing a team of Forest Service and academic specialists to write an alternative that was substantially adopted by the Forest Service. Our team included over half of the Forest Service’s official planning team charged with writing the plan.
  • FSEEE prevented Congress from passing legislation that would devolve authority over national forests to local counties and special interest advisory committees, while concurrently decoupling rural county and school revenues from their 100-year dependence on national forest timber receipts (see the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act, P.L. 106-393).
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