Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Declare Browns Canyon, Colorado a national monument
Browns Canyon is a jewel of a landscape in Colorado. Known for its four season recreational opportunities, the canyon also provides homes for a plethora of various animals. The state of Colorado wants to protect this place for future generations to enjoy, as companies are eyeing this place for mineral extraction. You can protect this landscape by urging President Obama to declare Browns Canyon a national monument.
Browns Canyon is a wonderful destination for those who love the outdoors. Kayaking, rafting, hiking, fishing, and camping are all recreational options available in this breathtaking environment. For decades humans have enjoyed this canyon for its raw beauty, but the environment could be torn up due to mineral extraction or selling it away for development. Animals have called this place home long before humans came along. Elk, mountain lions, bighorn sheep, and threatened bats call this place their home, and if companies were able to tear up this landscape, animals would be displaced.
The state of Colorado has been fighting for federal protection, and if it is granted, roads and other urban development that could jeopardize the watersheds would not be constructed. Heavily forested areas would be protected from wood cutting, and the leasing of new mining operations would be stopped. Declaring Browns Canyon a national monument would not stop existing mining or grazing operations, but it would curb the amount of damage that could take place.
Canyons are crucial to the survival of many species. Rivers run through these landmarks, providing a home for fish, and water for land animals. The state of Colorado recognizes the beauty and importance of this land, and the federal government should as well. Implore President Obama to declare Browns Canyon a national monument, thereby granting it federal protection.
Dear President Barack Obama,
Browns Canyon is a rugged yet gorgeous environment. The Arkansas River runs through this landscape, where it provides home for fish and water for land animals. The canyon also provides enrichment and enjoyment for those who visit, where they can partake in camping, hiking, rafting, or fishing. All of these things could vanish if Browns Canyon isn’t made into a national monument.
Companies wish to mine and extract minerals from this place. Such devastation could upset the natural ecosystem that exists in the canyon and I implore you not to let this happen. Please use your executive power and declare Browns Canyon a national monument so animals can continue calling this place home.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Bureau of Land Management via Flickr