IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE, APRIL 2, 2014

CONTACT: Mayor David Canepa 415-513-9410, david@davidcanepa.com
Karen Maki, Sierra Club, 650-346-0467, karenmaki@comcast.net

PRESS CONFERENCE: FRIDAY, APRIL 4TH AT 11 A.M., FRONT GATE OF CROWN COLONY CONDOMINIUMS, 397 IMPERIAL WAY, DALY CITY

DALY CITY PASSES RESOLUTION TO BAN CLEARCUT LOGGING IN CALIFORNIA

Daly City, CA– On Monday March 24, 2014, Daly City’s City Council passed a resolution to call on the state legislature and governor to ban clearcut logging in California, making it the first city in San Mateo County and the wider Bay Area, and the second city in the state to pass the resolution. Davis passed a similar resolution. The resolution highlights the negative impacts of clearcutting on climate and water.

Daly City’s Water Department offers free water-saving devices, rebates and school programs for residents, commercial users and students. The city also has a climate action plan to reduce its carbon footprint.

“I am delighted to partner with the Sierra Club in making sure that the Governor and the California Legislature take immediate action to prohibit industrial clearcut logging in the forests of California,” said David Canepa, Mayor of Daly City. “I am also proud that Daly City is the first city in the Bay Area to demonstrate such leadership.”
A growing movement of communities, environmental groups and fishermen's alliances are calling on the Governor and State Legislature to end clearcutting in California and ensure that logging in California is done in a manner that will preserve and protect our fish, wildlife, forests, streams, and carbon sequestration.

Clearcutting is an ecologically destructive form of logging in which nearly all native vegetation is removed, soils are deep-ripped, and herbicides are applied across the landscape. It harms water quality, wildlife habitat, and exacerbates climate change. It replaces diverse forests with tree farms that can have a higher risk of catching fire. Timber can be harvested using a less destructive method known as selective logging, which involves the carefully planned removal of some trees while leaving the overall forest intact.

What happens in the forests – especially in the Sierras – is important to Bay Area Cities. 60% of Bay Area water is stored in and filtered through Sierra forest watersheds, and 15% comes from the forested Santa Cruz Mountains. At least 15% of California’s carbon dioxide emissions are sequestered by California forests, and clearcutting both reduces the amount of carbon forests can retain, and releases excess greenhouse gases.