Target: Becki Heath, Forest Supervisor of the U.S. Forest Service
Goal: Protect Washington State’s national forests from destructive off-road vehicle use
Situated in Washington State’s Northern Cascade Mountain Range, the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is being destroyed by excessive dirt bike and four-wheel ATV usage. This popular Washington national forest is home to endangered wildlife species and provides peaceful recreation for residents and visitors. Save the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest from off-road vehicles by recommending sensitive areas for wilderness designation.
Areas of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest without roads provide habitats for endangered species including lynx, wolves, spotted owls, and many amphibians. This beautiful natural resource also provides the state of Washington with unmatched recreation areas.
Dirt bikes, ATVs, and other off-road vehicles have been disrupting this peaceful balance in unprecedented numbers. The increase of motorized vehicles in the forest’s pristine areas have damaged trails, fragmented habitats, and created excessive noise pollution. According to Sue Ranger, Naches Ranger District Recreation Planner, “Volunteers on the Naches Ranger District donated over 1,700 hours to motorized trail maintenance in just 2012 alone.”
Sign the below petition to urge the U.S. forest service to limit off-road vehicle usage in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest by prohibiting them from wilderness-sensitive areas. Only a wilderness designation can provide full and permanent protection for this beautiful place. Although the U.S. Forest Service has already protected a small number of areas, many other huge areas with pristine road-less land must be included to save the national forest.
Dear Ms. Heath,
As you know, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is one of Washington’s most spectacular natural resources. As off-road vehicle usage has increased, the quality of the forest has decreased dramatically. Dirt bikes and ATVs are destroying trails, habitats, and the peace of nature.
I am urging you to designate a few trails in distant areas for off-road vehicle usage and protect the rest with a wilderness designation. We need your help to save endangered species, save the region’s natural beauty, and save wasteful trail maintenance spending.
Please include the following areas in the wilderness designation: Golden Horn and other areas adjacent to the Pasaysten Wilderness, Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness Adjacent roadless areas, Tiffany Mountain, Entiat-Chelan and other areas adjacent to the Glacier Peak Wilderness, and Teanaway and other roadless areas adjacent to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
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Photo credit: Sridhar Balasubramanian