Deforestation: National Environmental Policy Essay

1344 Words Sep 20th, 2001 6 Pages
Deforestation
Deforestation is a major concern in today's society. The destruction of the world's forest areas are leaving millions of acres uninhabitable. The varied species of animals and insects that use to live and thrive from these forests are rapidly becoming extinct. The destruction of the forest is also having a detrimental effect on the people through displacement thus forcing them to seek new living accommodations. Many of these people are losing
their heritage and cultures leaving them with a sense of hopelessness. The barren land left by deforestation is also causing many ecological problems. Increased flooding and soil erosion are two of the other problems facing several countries like China, Brazil, and the
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· The President's Commission on Materials Policy in 1952 estimated that 90 percent of the virgin timber in the U.S. commercial forests had been cut, that reforestation had not kept pace, and that the current rate of annual use was 40 percent greater than the growth rate of replacement timber thus placing the American timber market in imminent danger (Andrews, 1999).
· In 1970 President Richard Nixon signed one of our nation's greatest environmental legislative acts called the National Environmental Policy Act, which required the federal government to analyze and report on environmental impacts through several new organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) (Theodore, Theodore, 1996).
If people do not move forward and realize the inherent dangers that large-scale deforestation has on our environment than there may be no hope for future generations. Although America has begun to place restrictions on various environmental issues such as logging and pollution much more needs to be done.
Deforestation "Present"
In today's society environmentalists are lobbing even harder than ever before. Partially because of the legislative backpedaling that occurred under the Reagan and Bush administrations and partly because of the wider public interest in environmental…

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