Target: Sam Hodder, President of the Save the Redwoods League
Goal: Praise the efforts to preserve one of the largest redwood forested areas in California
After celebrating a victory from removing a cement plant, a town in Santa Cruz, California plans to preserve one of its largest redwood forests. Local leaders have chosen to turn a place that was once highly polluted to a protected park, rather than develop the land. The redwood forest will link a state park and the bluffs with a small trail so as not to disturb the forest’s many inhabitants.
The native animals, including mountain lions, falcons, and salmon, and the local people can rejoice in the decision to preserve the forest for both health and economic reasons. The cement plant, although an economic powerhouse, was churning out cancer-causing chemicals. Despite the loss of the cement plant, the area can still serve as a tourist destination. Additionally, even though many people lost their jobs at the cement plant, there will be some jobs available to harvest a portion of the trees. Other than that, the locals can look forward to a peaceful life of birdwatching and hiking. The land, once privately owned, is now open to the public.
To ensure that the land remains free from construction, environmental groups formed a conservation easement to permanently ban development. The easement was settled by the California Wildlife Preservation Board for $10 million. Although it is the pricier decision, it is the right decision to protect a precious ecosystem. Redwoods are the largest trees on Earth, and Santa Cruz is one of the few places that holds the majestic trees.
Please sign the petition below to applaud the preservation efforts of the redwood forests in Santa Cruz.
Dear Mr. Hodder,
Thank you for for your commitment to keeping the redwood forest safe from development as the president of the Save the Redwoods League. Your collaborative efforts with environmental groups and the government has saved the lives of animals and humans alike. The animals can keep their crucial ecosystem and people can be kept away from the cement plant’s harmful pollutants.
Preserving the redwoods was not only the right choice, but also the practical choice. Tourism and limited logging are new industries to replace the economic benefits from the cement plant. Countless people can enjoy the redwoods now that this area is open to the public. Hopefully, it will lead to more people caring for the creatures that live in the forests and the forest itself.
Please ensure that the redwood forests are free for the world to treasure.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Owen Lloyd via Wikimedia Commons