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Cypress Mulch (80111-C1-NonDis)

The Louisiana Annual Conference petitions the 2008 General Conference to pledge not to buy, sell, or use cypress mulch and its derivatives. This pledge would be on behalf of the annual conferences, churches, and institutions of The United Methodist Church. We also encourage the state and federal governments, and large retailers, like Wal-Mart, the Home Depot, and Lowe’s, to take significant action to conserve cypress forests.  

Rationale

Bald Cypress, the State Tree of Louisiana, is an important component of Louisiana’s coastal wetland ecosystem. Cypress forests are some of the most biodiverse wetlands in North America and provide critical habitat for multitudes of birds, animals, and reptiles, including various threatened and endangered species. Cypress forests are being logged...