How to protect our forests

John Muir Project is dedicated to the ecological management of federal public forestlands in US.


Our goal is to ensure that these lands are managed to provide optimal ecological conditions to support and restore the full complement of native biodiversity in these forest ecosystems, which have been severely degraded and damaged by decades of commercial logging and suppression of wildland fires.

Through the programs listed below we get the truth out about the importance of dense mature/old forest and the ecological benefits of natural processes, such as fire, for native wildlife and overall biodiversity of our forests, while we fight to end the devastation to our forest ecosystems from commercial logging.

1. Scientific Research
We perform original scientific research to answer questions about forest ecology, forest fires, and forest wildlife and their habitat that have never been answered.

2. Forest Watch
We watchdog proposed logging projects on National Forests and provide the Forest Service with scientific information to help inform and influence their decisions.

3. Legal Pursuits
We avail ourselves of the Courts when necessary in an effort to stop habitat destruction, to further species protection and to educate the judiciary, media and public.

4. Education
We provide information to the public so that there exists a better understanding of our National Forest ecosystems and wonder, not fear, can rule the day.

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Your help is critical to our success. Please join us in our fight to preserve National Forests for the future! Get involved:

Be Active!
Join our mailing list and follow-us on Twitter to learn about actions you can take to protect wildlife, such as making a call to a senator or congressman to oppose a bad piece of legislation, or writing a letter to the editor, or commenting on a logging project. Let your voice be heard, just one phone call or letter can make a huge difference in educating the public and policy makers and keeping bad things from happening to our native wildlife. Sign up today!

Volunteer, Become A Guerrilla Birder!
Did you know that most logging happens during nesting season? We need birders who will fight to document bird nests and occupancy in burned forests before these areas are devastated by logging.  We want to use the weapon of information about the diversity and abundance of avian species in these areas to educate the public and the Forest Service on the true biodiversity costs associated with post-fire (a.k.a. salvage) logging.  Please sign up today and start helping to preserve species by making their presence known.

Get The News!

If you would like to stay in the loop about new content on our website or the latest scientific study or news story on issues related to forest and fire ecology and forest management sign up for our bimonthly Newsletter today!

Schedule A Presentation!
Schedule a Presentation on Fire Ecology and our Forests for your Organization or Group.  Curious about Forests, Fire and Wildlife?  Want to learn more? Or do you just want to help get the word out to other members of your group or organization?  If so, contact us today to schedule a presentation from our staff on the issues of fire history, fire frequency, and the ecological benefits of higher intensity fire.

Source: John Muir Project  is a project of Earth Island Institute
Director: Chad Hanson

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Why support Us

JMP recognizes that the federal timber sales program is the primary obstacle to true ecological management of our national forests and other federal forestlands.  Land managers’ budgets and salaries depend in large part upon timber sales receipts generated by logging projects on our public lands, and logging corporations, who get rich by purchasing government timber for pennies on the dollar, aggressively lobby Congress to continue the U.S. government’s commercial logging program on our federal lands.

This highly politicized system of perverse incentives forces otherwise well-meaning agency managers to ignore or subordinate the needs of native wildlife species in favor of commercial logging projects.  Ecological science is frequently either ignored or misrepresented by federal land managers in their attempts to publicly justify destructive timber sales as being somehow ecologically benign or beneficial.  Old growth trees are felled, and often entire forests are razed or heavily degraded by the resulting logging.  Post-fire timber sales clearcut entire watersheds, removing tens of thousands of acres of vital post-fire habitat (standing snags, downed logs, patches of native shrubs, conifer regeneration, and hardwoods) upon which so many wildlife species depend.  Science itself is undermined.

JMP believes that the federal timber sales program must be ended in order for ecological management of our national forests and other federal forestlands to occur.  JMP utilizes scientific research, public education, and forest legal defense work to ensure that our National Forests are managed for ecology, recreational enjoyment, and scientific study.

We appreciate your support greatly, and your generosity will allow us to continue our work of ecological research, public education, and protection of the rare and imperiled native wildlife species and wild places on our federal public lands.

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