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Finally an environmental group does conservation the right way

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Studies have shown that people who believe in top-down government action to protect the environment are actually less likely to take personal steps in their own lives to reduce their negative impact.

When it comes to climate change, they somehow think giving the government more money will reduce carbon emissions. They apparently missed the fact that the US military is the largest single source of pollution on earth. And if you think the government will put your climate-guilt tax dollars to good use, I have a bridge to sell you.

But they still take the bait and think the end of the world can only be averted through government action. Again, they must have missed the study which found planting trees is the single most effective way to sequester carbon. And we all have that power, as individuals, to plant some trees.

But today I want to give credit where credit is due. I want to praise a conservation group for going about environmentalism the right way.

The Save the Redwoods League is NOT trying to force the government to seize or restrict private land to protect the forest.

Instead, they are buying the land.

The San Francisco-based Save the Redwoods League negotiated for the past 20 years for the purchase of Alder Creek, a 530-acre hillside grove that houses 483 trees with a trunk diameter of more than six feet, including the 3,000-year-old Stagg Tree — the world's fifth largest tree, as the San Francisco Chronicle reported…

The land had been owned by the same family since the 1940s. It was bought for its logging potential.

And while plenty of smaller pines and firs were harvested from the land, the owners left the vast majority of the majestic sequoias intact.

The group will purchase the land themselves for over $15 million–that is, if they can raise the money.

Last year, the Save the Redwoods League purchased Red Hill, a 160-acre property in the Sierra Nevada's that is one of the two largest unprotected giant sequoia forests in the world, after raising $4 million, as CNN reported.


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