Target: Brendan White, U.S Fish and Wildlife Service
Goal: Save endangered spotted owls from reckless logging plans
The Forest Service is planning to remove timber from a recently burned area, which will further disturb spotted owl habitat in the Mount Hood Forest. In actuality, taking out burned trees does nothing to prevent further fires, despite the Forest Service’s claims to the contrary. The Forest Service must halt plans to log this area, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must do its job to protect this endangered species.
Currently, the Forest Service is attempting to move forward on the proposed North Fork Mill Creek Revised Timber Sale, which includes old growth trees that are vital habitat for spotted owls. This area was previously logged in 2006 in a supposed attempt to reduce fuel for future fires. In 2013, fire broke out in the area. Damage was not reduced by the previous ‘fuels reduction,’ due to irresponsible practices by logging companies.
The recent logging contract is going to be upheld by the Forest Service, even after the fire, in order to ‘meet existing contractual and economic obligations.’ Because the area contains vital habitat for the endangered spotted owl, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was consulted per policy. The Fish and Wildlife Service has allowed the Forest Service to move forward with its logging plans, despite an admission that ‘treatments occurring are not designed to have spotted owl benefits.’
Please sign the petition below to demand that Fish and Wildlife Service act to protect endangered spotted owls from logging.
Dear Mr. White,
You recently approved a logging plan in a critical habitat area for the endangered spotted owl, a species you are supposed to be protecting from harm. Further logging in North Fork Mill Creek area of Mount Hood will not only fail to meet the proposed objective of reducing fire risks in the area, but will also destroy vital habitat for the spotted owl. This is in direct opposition to your organization’s role in protecting this species.
The Fish and Wildlife Service must stop rubber stamping the Forest Service’s plans and start doing its job to protect wildlife and their habitat. It is vital that you stop writing biological opinions that support the Forest Service without considering the consequences to the forest and the wildlife who call it home. Please do your duty, and protect critical habitat for the spotted owl.
[Your Name Here]
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