Stop the Construction of Roads in Santa Fe Forests

Target: Santa Fe Forest Service

Goal: Preserve the Santa Fe forests and prevent road construction

The Santa Fe Forest Service has allowed for a network of roads in the Santa Fe National Forest, which creates approximately 2,400 miles of roads tearing through the habitats. Overuse of motorized vehicles in forests are detrimental to the trees and animals living there. The Santa Fe Forest Service should not go through with its plan to build these roads.

These roads do more harm than good to the forest. While the roads may be used for Forest Service vehicles for forest observation and maintenance, they will also be open to the public, which will allow for inexperienced travelers to journey through trees. Most importantly, these roads increase the risk of illegal off-road vehicle use. ORVs are especially harmful to the forest; they forge their own trails and cause erosion, and also damage to pre-existing roads. These public roads cannot be allowed to be built for the sake of the environment.

Aside from the safety issues, there is also a budgetary concern. While the Forest Service intends on constructing about 2,400 cumulative miles of paved road, according to the Center for Biological Diversity, it only has the budget to sustain about ten percent of it. When a road isn’t well-maintained, it begins to naturally erode. The runoff then drains into forest rivers and streams, poisoning the fish and harming the ecosystem.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Santa Fe Forest Service,

Your decision to allow building on a network of roads in the Santa Fe National Forest was a poor one. Your main goal ought to be the conservation and preservation of the forest, and this irresponsible decision does the direct opposite of that. I insist that you forgo your plans to construct the roads and instead use the money for something more helpful.

The roads in the Santa Fe National Forest open up an entirely undesirable can of worms for the forest’s ecosystems. Ignoring the obvious fact that you will have to cut down trees to actually construct these roads, there are a number of environmental concerns here. These roads will allow for more off-road vehicles to be utilized in the forests, ignoring the paved roads you plan on building, and this can lead to dangerous deterioration of the natural geology, not to mention the destruction of the existing motorways. And if you fail to maintain the roads you build, the resulting erosion will poison the fish in the forest’s rivers and streams, thoroughly destroying their habitats. Please rethink your decision, and don’t go through with your plans to build forest roads.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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