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Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Nature Conservancy's One Billion tree march...

I just received this email from the Nature Conservancy. I suppose I was a little harsh but it's a sore subject for me...


I am trying to earn some publicity for the Nature Conservancy’s mission to plant 1 billion trees. I would like to discuss advertising options on, , with you. If you could email me back that would be great.

Thank you for your time,


Thank you for your interest Omitted...

You may not be aware of this but the industry controlled special interest group that you work for is a subject of ridicule on the same blog that you are inquiring about:

Instead of planting GMO trees after timber lands are clear-cut, hacked-and-squirted and laid to waste by the same guidelines that the Nature Conservancy and the Forest Stewardship Council support for so called "sustainable" forestry, why doesn't your industry controlled special interest group promote something more sustainable, besides "horizontal" management?

Now I'm not attacking you personally but the "feel good" campaign for the 1 billion tree march is not only ironic in regards to the Nature Conservancy's support of clear-cutting(aka. "even-aged" management) but is also deceptive as to the reasons why trees need to be planted after the industry has stripped all the top-soil and biomass that would support the natural propagation of reforestation.

Why should the public pay to reforest the same timber lands that your non-profit promotes unsustainable industry standards? Does the very existence of the Nature Conservancy depend upon the promotion of unsustainable forestry in regards to replanting and even purchasing timber lands with donated funds destroyed by the same unsustainable practices that the Nature Conservancy promotes?

My hope is not to convince you to quit your job and go sit in a tree but more to provoke questions about the "company" you work for. I hope that you realize that the Nature Conservancy is controlled by timber industry special interests and behind the facade of the non-profit face of the Nature Conservancy lies the real intention of greenwashing the timber industry.

Thank you for your time and attention,

Jeff Musgrave

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