This just arrived in my Inbox from Mother Earth News and I’m happy to pass it along:
"This week Mother Jones magazine
released the article Mulch
Madness about Atchafalaya Basinkeeper Dean Wilson’s efforts to stop
the illegal and unsustainable cutting of cypress for cheap mulch. Right now the
cypress mulch industry is destroying wetlands that protect coastal LouIsiana from
hurricanes. The article is online at:
has been working with Dean and organizations across the Gulf Coast to save our cypress forests. We’ve
made great progress. In June 2007, more than 200 Louisiana sities, universities, churches and other organizations have pledged
to stop using cypress mulch. Month later, Wal-Mart and Lowes announced they would stop or limit buying and selling cypress mulch from Louisiana.
"This is a great start but the threat remains. We have a long way to go to stop the mulching of the nation’s
coastal wetland forests. Our gardeners hold the key. We believe that gardeners must know the truth about
cypress mulch, and will stop using cypress mulch when presented with the
"Again, thank you for your help spreading the word."