Subject: FW: A Dreaded Forest Act > The Scheduled Tribes and Other Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, passed in Parliament in Dec 2006 is in the process of formally becoming a law. Upto 4 hectares of forest land is proposed to be given to all those who had occupied forest land before the 13th of December, 2005. > > This Act is applicable to forest across the country - including wildlife sanctuaries, national parks and tiger reserves. There are no provisions in the Act to ensure forest protection / conservation. The Act opens forests to dangerous privatization even though they are public property. A group of us, ordinary folk with no political leanings, have got together to create awareness of this issue. That's how Vanashakti was born. We want to protect Man & Nature from destruction by power hungry, vote seeking politicians. > > If you want to help, please sign the petition on http://www.vanashak ti.in <http://www.vanashak ti.in/ > > and spread the word to all your friends. it will take only a minute but it will help protect our forests and our future.