Target: U.S. Forest Service’s Chief Thomas Tidwell
Goal: Stop destructive logging project that would threaten lynx populations.
The U.S. Forest Service has approved of the “Tennessee Creek Project” which would allow the destruction of nearly 20 square miles of forests in Colorado. This destruction is not only terrible for the environment but threatens the vulnerable species living within these areas, including the threatened lynx.
The lynx was classified as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act in 2000 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Tennessee Pass is known to have lynx dens which have been listed as critical habitats to help rebuild the lynx population. While the U.S. Forest Service has not clearly identified the mountain slopes in which they will be logging, carrying through with this project in any area of the Tennessee Pass will be putting this vulnerable species in unnecessary danger.
The U.S. Forest Service has decided to ignore the protections enlisted by the Endangered Species Act and continues to follow through with the logging project. The ESA was implemented to help prevent situations like this from happening and the U.S. Forest Service needs to abide by the law.
By signing this petition below, you will be demanding that the U.S. Forest Service stops this destructive logging project and honors the laws that prevent this type of work in critical habitats of threatened species. The lynx’s population does not deserve to suffer at the expense of this project so please act now to end this.
Dear Mr. Tidwell,
A logging project has been approved to destroy 20 square miles of forest in the Tennessee Pass area of Colorado. Destroying the environment is cruel, unnecessary, and has so many consequences on its own. However, logging mass areas also means the demolition of several species’ habitats, putting species in an extremely vulnerable position.
One of the species that can be found in the Tennessee Pass is the threatened lynx. Despite that it and its habitat (which has been listed as a critical habitat) have been deemed protected by the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Forest Service has decided to carry through with this logging project, threatening this species even further by destroying its home.
The Tennessee Creek project is clearly in violation of the law that was set to project these wonderful creatures. Following through with this project will result in nothing but destruction; therefore, I encourage you act now to stop it and protect the environment.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Kimon Berlin