Prevent the Expansion of Mine to Preserve Colorado’s Forests

Target: U.S. Forest Service

Goal: Discourage the expansion of a mine that would clear-cut forests in Colorado.

The company Arch Coal has nearly convinced the Forest Service to further develop the West Elk mine in western Colorado, ultimately resulting in the destruction of the Sunset Roadless Area, a beloved and scenic back-wood. This construction would destroy the natural landscape, not to mention mutilate multiple animal habitats. Arch Coal must be forbidden from expanding in order to preserve the clear-cutting of the forest.

Habitats in the West Elk forest include homes for beavers, lynx, elk, deer, and other small mammals. The expansion would clear the forest, removing the aspen and spruce trees, and wouldn’t allow any hope at all for those creatures to continue living there. Without the trees, the ecosystem of the area will completely collapse, and could negatively affect nearby ecosystems that may need to compensate for the loss.

The expansion will result in Arch Coal simply releasing methane into the air in the West Elk forest. Not only is this air pollution harmful to the local wildlife, the methane (also known as natural gas) could be used for energy to power the mine, or Arch Coal could at least pay for its waste. Instead, the company is requesting a tax break for their construction. The destruction of forests should not be allowed or rewarded.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear US Forest Service,

Do not allow the Arch Coal company to expand its West Elk mine into the Sunset Roadless area. That area is a state landmark, and allowing the mine to grow would destroy it and all the creatures who live there. Please stop the company from committing this careless act.

With all the trees in the Sunset Roadless Area, there are countless homes for local wildlife. Expanding the mine, clear-cutting the forest, and polluting the air with the wasted methane would destroy the habitats in that area. This irresponsible act is not worth the insignificant money to be gained. The preservation of forest habitats ought to be the main goal of the Forest Service, and allowing the mine to grow would be disservice on your part.

Please, reconsider the destruction of the West Elk forest. Think of the beavers, lynx, elk, and deer; think of the aspen and spruce trees. Most importantly, think of your personal duty as protector of the forest. Do not permit the Arch Coal company to destroy the ecosystem among the trees.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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