Target: Casey Cummings, CEO of the development company Ram
Goal: Save endangered pine rockland forest from being destroyed by corporate developments
An 88-acre chunk of a unique and astoundingly diverse forest in Miami-Dade County, Florida is scheduled to be destroyed to make room for a Walmart, Chili’s, Chick-Fil-A, LA Fitness, and an apartment complex. Florida’s pine rockland forests are endangered ecosystems that are inhabited by a large number of plants and animals. The pine rockland ecosystem is highly rare, existing only in South Florida and the Caribbean, and 20 percent of the plant species found in the pine rocklands do not exist anywhere else in the world. This section of Florida’s pine rockland forest must be protected from development.
This vast ecosystem once covered 185,000 acres, however, only two percent remained untouched in 1996. Today, even less of the rocklands still stand. Fire suppression, invasive exotic species, and urban development have caused the steady eradication of the pinelands. Since these lands are usually located on higher ground, they have been desired by developers. These forests are home to 225 native plants and also the rare Bartram’s hairstreak butterfly, an anticipated endangered species. Several plant species have already become extinct due to development and more will follow if something is not done to oppose corporate greed.
By signing this petition you will help urge the CEO of Ram, the development company, to halt its proposed development plans of this 88-acre section of South Florida’s pine rockland forest.
Dear Casey Cummings,
The large section of the pine rockland forest you recently purchased in South Florida is part of a unique and vastly diverse ecosystem. This ecosystem is found only in South Florida and the Caribbean, and contains many plants and animals found nowhere else in the world. By destroying this forest, you are depriving the world of an ecosystem dense with life and rare species while also paving the way for huge, greedy corporations such as Walmart to become even more rich and powerful.
Less than two percent of Florida’s pine rocklands currently exist because of corporate development. Do you want to be the one who wipes out this amazing ecosystem? Please halt your company’s development plans and save one of the world’s last surviving pine rockland forests.
[Your Name Here]
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