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Forest Protection Organizations and Resources
Logging is an integral part of many local economies, just as forest products are integral to our society. Logging can take place in a sustainable manner (see our resources here). Unfortunately, our Ozark forests are being cut at a dramatic and unsustainable pace, using forestry practices geared toward timber production, not healthy, viable forests now and in the future. Additionally, our forests are continually subject to a number of other controversial pressures, including off-road vehicles, prescribed fire, and mining. On this page you find contact information and links for organizations working to protect our Ozark forests. Missouri Forest Alliance Missouri Forest Alliance is an effort to link organizations and to monitor forest issues in Missouri, with an emphasis on public lands management. Missouri Wilderness Coalition The Missouri Wilderness Coalition is a coalition of individuals and organizations across the state working to protect Missouri's Wilderness resources. The main focus of MWC at this time is to achieve federal Wilderness designation for Missouri's last wild, roadless areas. Newton County Wildlife Association Newton County Wildlife Association is a non-profit 501 C-4 organization dedicated to the preservation of the natural environment of Newton County and the Arkansas Ozarks since 1975. NCWA consists of members and a Board of Directors, elected at our July meeting. We have business meetings, programs, and outings. Missouri Coalition for the Environment Missouri Coalition for the Environment works to preserve, protect, and enhance an environment that is livable, healthful, and sustainable through a comprehensive program of education, citizen action, and legal defense. Missouri Chapter Sierra Club Heartwood Heartwood is dedicated to defending the forests of the central hardwood region, of which the Ozarks are an integral part. An organization, network, and community, Heartwood's emphasis on sustainable communities informs it's focus on protecting our public forests from commercial logging, mining, off-road vehicles, and other degrading activities. The Dogwood Alliance Dogwood Alliance is the only organization in the South holding corporations accountable for the impact of their industrial forestry practices on our forests and our communities. Through a combination of persistent grassroots pressure and skillful negotiation, we achieve the results necessary to create real and lasting protection for Southern forests.
The Missouri Water Sentinel Program
This is a program operated by the National Sierra Club investigating, defending and advocating clean water in the United States and Missouri. We recognize a wholistic and cooperative approach to water quality management and the value of intact forests being essential to high water quality. We also never fail to aggressively pursue polluters, whether they are public or private entities, expose their deeds and try to accommodate proper, legal and science-based remedies.
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