Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Improve new environmental legislation to better protect wildlife in national forests
The new Forest Planning Rule will dictate the management of US national forests for decades, and environmentalists are concerned with what the rule does not provide. The current rule must include provisions for monitoring and giving support to endangered species in the forests, as well as initiatives that keep waterways clean and unpolluted.
Over 170 million Americans visit the nation’s forests each year, and the forests provide 224,000 people with jobs. Moreover, national forests provide drinking water for 124 million Americans, the largest source of fresh water in the US. This being so, it is integral that forest riverbanks have at least 100 feet of freedom from logging, oil and natural gas extraction, livestock grazing, and mining. Furthermore, toxic runoff from roadways must be prevented from entering waterways for the sake of both people and animals who use the water. This means preventing the construction of new roads in the forests and closely managing or closing existing roads.
It is essential that our national forests remain undeveloped and pristine for the sake of the ecosystems within them and the American people who not only enjoy them recreationally, but also utilize their water resources. Use the Forest Planning Rule to protect our waterways, our jobs, and America’s wilderness.
Dear President Obama,
Before you initiate the new Forest Planning Rule, please include provisions for monitoring and supporting endangered species and preventing pollution from entering natural waterways.
Our national forests provide jobs for 224,000 Americans, and over 170 million Americans enjoy visiting the forests each year. Most importantly, 124 million Americans obtain drinking water from sources within our nation’s forests. It is up to you and Congress to prevent, by a margin of at least 100 feet, polluting activities like logging, oil extraction, livestock grazing, and mining from entering our waterways. We also ask that you include provisions to prevent the construction of new roads in our national forests and to maintain or close existing roads that cause water pollution via toxic runoff. Finally, we ask that you use the Forest Planning Rule to aid and monitor endangered species.
By initiating environmental protection through the Forest Planning Rule, you are living up to the promises you have made to America’s environmental advocates. Use this rule to protect our wild waterways and endangered species.
[Your Name Here]
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