APPENDIX C RESOLUTION NO. 91-91
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA CLARITA, CALIFORNIA, FOR THE ADOPTION OF A POLICY REGARDING PROTECTION OF TROPICAL TIMBER
WHEREAS, tropical rainforests are being destroyed at a rate of 50,000 acres per day and rainforests larger than the State of California are disappearing from the earth yearly; and
WHEREAS, the use of imported tropical timber by the United States represents a substantial loss of tropical rainforests, and scientific evidence has shown that the destruction of tropical rainforests is partially responsible for the Greenhouse Effect, as well as contributing to the death of indigenous rainforest peoples and the destruction of their culture; and
WHEREAS, the tropical rainforests are home to half of the world's species, and the loss of these forests results in the extinction of tens of millions of species; and
WHEREAS, it is in the interest of those who live, work, and do business in the City that measures be taken to reduce or stop the destruction of tropical rainforests worldwide; and
WHEREAS, a ban on the use of tropical timber by the City would reduce demand for tropical timber, thus lessening the need to cut more tropical rainforest; and
WHEREAS, such a ban would not create shortages of building supplies, as alternative wood products are grown in a substantial fashion in temperate forests; and
WHEREAS, the ban would stimulate business and provide jobs in the United States, as many alternatives to tropical hardwoods are grown domestically.
NOW, THEREFORE. BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Santa Clarita, California, as follows:
SECTION 1. The City Council hereby adopts the following policy:
A. The City of Santa Clarita shall not purchase any item or product which has originated in part or in whole from any tropical hardwood species listed in this section, nor shall any City sponsored event utilize such products, nor shall City Public Works contractors utilize such products.
B. Tropical hardwood species include, but are not limited to the following:
|Scientific Name||Common Name|
|Anisoptera Thurifera||Bella Rosa|
|Shorea Negrosensis||Red Luan|
|Pentacme Controta||White Luan|
|Khaya Ivorensis||African Mahogany|
|Swietenia Macrophylla||American Mahogany|
|Pterocarpus Soyauxii||African Paduak|
|Pterocarpus Angolensis||Angola Paduak|
C. Exemptions: The City Council may exempt an item or product from the requirements of this section upon evidence that such item or product has no acceptable non-tropical wood equivalent, or is required in a designated historical building; and
D. Directing City staff to modify its procedures regarding purchasing by requiring each wood vendor to note on each invoice for wood products supplied to the City of Santa Clarita the identity of the manufacturer of
SECTION 2. The City Clerk shall certify to the adoption of this resolution and certify this record to be a full, true, correct copy of the action taken.
PASSED AND APPROVED this 8th day of October, 1991.
I HEREBY CERTIFY that the foregoing resolution was duly adopted by the City Council of the City of Santa Clarita at a regular meeting thereof, held on the 8th day of October, 1991, by the following vote of the Council:
AYES: Council MEMBERS: Darcy, Heidt, Klajic, McKeon, Boyer
NOES: Council MEMBERS: None
ABSENT: Council MEMBERS: None