Each year, millions of people travel to the Stanislaus Forest to recreate and to enjoy the scenic vistas of the mountains and river canyons. Many visitors don’t realize that national forests are not parks, but are instead lands that have a legal mandate to provide a wide range of "multiple uses". CSERC engages at every opportunity to advocate for a better balance of those uses and to promote higher protections for water, wildlife and wild places.
National Forest environmental issues arise from the many uses that occur on public lands, from logging to recreation. For many decades, the national forests of America have been hotbeds of controversy as Congress, industrial groups, anti- environmental organizations, and local control groups have pressed for high levels of logging, grazing, mining, road-building, and other uses on public forest lands.