Members of Pearl Jam, R.E.M. and Soundgarden are hoping for an audience of one to discuss what they call "the dire state of the nation's forests and wildlands."

The bands' members recently sent a letter to Vice President Al Gore, asking him to meet with them to talk about 3 million acres of unprotected wilderness in Washington state, a prime target for commercial logging interests."This is an issue that hits really close to home for me and the guys," Seattle-based Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament says in Friday's New York Daily News.

"These forests are being irresponsibly mowed down, and we feel a need to help stop it and to let people know what's going on."

Added Peter Buck of R.E.M.: "We can no longer afford to sit idly by as our government gives in to the logging industry."

They noted in their letter that their work "reaches millions of young voters."