Boise and customers under fire for old growth destruction
October 29, 2002
Activists Confront Blockbuster, Borders and Eddie
Bauer About Doing Business With Nations Largest Public Lands Logger!
WASHINGTON, DC-- Students and environmental activists
across the country participated in a national Day of Action
today to protest Boises outdated logging practices and confront its
customers about doing business with Americas biggest destroyer of
old growth forests. Boise refuses to heed public sentiment in support of
wilderness and old growth protection and end its barbaric practices of
buying and selling products made from endangered old growth forests and
logging on U.S. public lands. Boise customers targeted for continuing to
do business with Boise and contributing to the destruction of the worlds
forests include Blockbuster Video, Borders Books and Eddie Bauer. Todays
Day of Action was organized by Rainforest Action Network (RAN), American
Lands Alliance, National Forest Protection Alliance (NFPA), Sierra Student
Coalition, Re-Think Paper, and Free the Planet!.
The national Day of Action is the latest move in
a hard-hitting campaign against Boise for refusing to end its obsolete
logging and distribution practices and adopt sustainable forestry principles.
The demonstrations come on the heels of a series of contract cancellations
by some of Boises most prominent customers including Washington Mutual,
Levi-Strauss, L.L. Bean, University of Notre Dame and Patagonia. The campaign
has made Boise the target of increasingly intense public criticism for
failing to join more than 400 companies, including Home Depot, Lowes
and Kinkos in a pledge to stop selling products made from endangered
Boises business practices are so out
of touch with current market values that its biggest customers have severed
their business ties with the company, said Martin Stephan, old growth
campaigner, RAN. Companies like Blockbuster, Borders and Eddie Bauer
that are in business with Boise are in the business of old growth destruction.
Americas biggest brands are making it clear thats a place they
dont want to be.
The demonstrations took place in more than 40 cities
and universities across the country including Washington DC, Boston, MA,
Spokane, WA, Chicago, IL, University of New Hampshire, Kent State University
and the University of Oregon. The demonstrations included rallies, petition
drives, informational skits, marches, tabling, call-ins to Boises
corporate offices, meetings with schools purchasing administrators
and presentations. Demonstrations took place at 20 Blockbuster, Borders
and Eddie Bauer locations across the country.
Boise is the number one logger of forests on U.S.
public lands and is Americas largest distributor of wood products
from endangered, old growth forests throughout Indonesia, Canada, Chile,
Central and South America, and Russia, and has been linked to human rights
abuses in Guerrero, Mexico. Last year, Boise led the charge against the
popular U.S. Roadless Policy, a measure that would have protected 58.5
million acres of Americas public wilderness areas and considered
the most significant forest conservation measure of the last 100 years.
As long as Boise continues outdated logging
practices such as logging U.S. public lands, turning Chiles endangered
forests into pulp, and ripping 200 year old trees from the heart of the
Amazon, it will lose its customers and earn its title as the logging industry
dinosaur, said Pat Rasmussen, America Lands Alliance.
There exists widespread public support for old
growth forest preservation. According to the Los Angeles Times, 9 out of
10 Americans favor preserving our remaining wilderness, and a Yankelovich
poll shows that nearly two-thirds of Americans support old growth forest
protection. Most tellingly, the Los Angeles Times reported last April that
70 percent of consumers in traditional timber regions such as Oregon and
Washington favor an end to old growth logging.
Protecting the worlds old growth forests
has become as American as baseball and apple pie, said Jake Kreilick
with the NFPA. American consumers no longer tolerate the destruction
of US public lands, and the worlds remaining old growth forests,
and that sentiment is dramatically affecting the market.
Specifically, RAN is calling on Boise to end its
international old growth trade, phase out logging operations on U.S. public
lands, and embrace the ecologically and socially responsible principles
of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
More than three-quarters of the world's old growth
forests have already been logged or degraded, much within the past three
decades. In the United States, less than five percent of our original forests
Contacts: Rainforest Action Network- Martin Stephan,
American Lands Alliance- Anne Martin, 775-786-1658;
Pat Rasmussen, 509-548-7640
National Forest Protection Alliance- Jake Kreilick, 509-990-5719
American Lands Alliance
PO Box 154
Peshastin, WA 98847
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