Target: U.S. Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell
Goal: Ensure the survival of threatened species that rely on California forests by banning irresponsible logging practices
Conservation groups recently filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service to protect dozens of species that are threatened by the agency’s forest burning and logging practices. The measure comes after the agency’s announcement of a plan to cut more than 5,000 acres of burned trees located in the Tahoe and Sierra National Forests. Many imperiled and endangered species rely on these areas for survival, including black-backed woodpeckers and California spotted owls.
According to the Center for Biological Diversity, the burned areas of trees and shrubs comprise a unique, complex ecosystem, which provides essential habitats to many species. These animals rely on burned forest for survival, yet logging practices effectively eliminate these habitats. The Forest Service and California wildlife agencies provide no protection for post-fire areas. The spotted owl and black-backed woodpecker both still await federal protection, despite years of efforts from conservation groups. These species, along with several others, continue to decline in population due to logging practices.
Urge the U.S. Forest Service to stop these destructive practices that run counter to scientific research and findings. Logging practices in public lands serve only to provide profits for private industry and will effectively eliminate wildlife from the landscape in California.
Dear Chief Tidwell,
The U.S. Forest Service recently announced plans to log more than 5,000 acres of burned trees within the Tahoe and Sierra National Forests. These areas provide essential habitat to many species, including the imperiled black-backed woodpecker and the California spotted owl.
As you are aware, there are currently no federal or state protections for wildlife inhabiting burned forests in California. Scientific research has shown that these areas comprise a unique ecosystem, which many species rely upon for survival. Some of those species include the spotted owl and black-backed woodpecker, which are both still awaiting federal protection despite years of efforts from conservation groups. Sadly, these species, along with several others, will continue to decline in population if we do not prohibit these environmentally irresponsible logging practices.
The Forest Service should uphold its mission to protect the environment and wildlife, not continue a policy of destructive logging practices that only serve to profit private companies.
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