Target: Daniel M. Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
Goal: Applaud the decision to save a threatened bird species from the effects of copper mining.
A copper mine was previously granted approval to explore and ultimately destroy 5,900 acres of national forest. This land is home to a variety of wildlife, including the threatened yellow-billed cuckoo. The bird’s habitat would have been fragmented and polluted if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) hadn’t decided to withdraw its approval of the copper mine. Thank the USFWS for taking a stand against invasive mining practices in one of our national forests.
The Coronado National Forest, located in Arizona, seemed like an ideal location for Regal Resources’ Sunnyside project. The company wanted to mine for copper and silver. However, the integrity of the national forest was at stake. The USFWS revoked approval of the project because of environmental harm. The yellow-billed cuckoo’s critical habitat is downstream from the proposed mine operation. Surface mining would cause particulates to run into fresh waterways. The cuckoo, other wildlife, and the nearby community would suffer from contaminants in such precious water sources.
The Coronado National Forest is home to a variety of endangered species, not just the yellow-billed cuckoo. Endangered species such as the Mexican spotted owl, the jaguar, the ocelot, and the long-nosed bat live in the projected mine site. The USFWS made the right decision to protect these struggling species. Precious wildlife should not have to suffer from destructive mining practices. By signing this petition, you are thanking the USFWS for their rejection of the Sunnyside copper mine project.
Dear Director Ashe,
The Coronado National Forest is home to a variety of Arizona’s wildlife. However, Regal Resources had threatened this area’s natural beauty and life by the desire to explore for copper. The project area would have been upstream from the threatened yellow-billed cuckoo’s critical habitat. Your decision to withdraw this company’s permit for exploration has now saved the area’s precious wildlife and freshwater supplies.
Your support for wildlife must be applauded. You not only preserved the yellow-billed cuckoo’s habitat but also other endangered species in the area such as the Mexican spotted owl, the jaguar, the ocelot, and the long-nosed bat. The mine would have destroyed wildlife habitat and the watershed. The local community and the area’s wild would suffer from surface mining contaminants in nearby waterways. Thank you for preserving the integrity of the Coronado National Forest. The forest’s wildlife and natural resources should be cherished. I hope you continue to fight for open space and wildlife.
[Your Name Here]
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