Target: The Hon Greg Hunt, MP- Minister for the Environment in Australia
Goal: Widen logging exclusion zones to protect endangered Leadbeater’s possum.
The Leadbeater’s possum is dangerously close to extinction. Deforestation practices have taken over the Sylvia Creek forest forcing the possum out of its home and away from its potential mates. It is time to take action and demand that a larger exclusion zone be put into place.
Logging companies in the Central Highlands are stripping the Mountain Ash forest region to obtain wood chips. They have come dangerously close to the protected borders of the Sylvia Creek forest. The Sylvia Creek forest has been the habitat of the Leadbeater’s possum for years due to its available food sources and close proximity to mating grounds. Now, the possums have lost their only connection to their mates and their numbers are rapidly declining. While eradicating deforestation would be ideal, an exclusion zone would be enough to save this endangered animal. A 200-meter exclusion zone has been put into place. However, scientists say that it is not enough. They estimate that a one-kilometer exclusion zone would be most effective.
With drought, fire, and disease already up against them, it is a miracle that the possum has not yet gone extinct. The least the Department of the Environment can do is to combat human interference by initiating a larger exclusion zone in the Sylvia Creek forest. Sign below to encourage the Minister for the Environment to initiate a one-kilometer exclusion zone and prevent the extinction of the Leadbeater’s possum.
Dear Mr. Hunt,
The endangered Leadbeater’s Possum is at risk of extinction due to the deforestation efforts of logging companies. The mining of the Mountain Ash forest in the Central Highlands has removed much of the possum’s habitat. Without its habitat, the possum will be forced out and separated from its family and potential mates. This is causing a decline in its overall numbers and putting it at further risk for extinction.
Though a 200-meter exclusion zone has been put into place, it is not enough. The possums are still fleeing their habitat due to the loggers. Australian Scientists have recommended a one-kilometer exclusion zone around the Sylvia forest to be sufficient in preserving the habitat of the Leadbeater’s possum.
We demand that The Department of the Environment take this scientific recommendation into consideration. The Leadbeater’s possum has survived drought, fire, and disease. We cannot allow human interference to be the death of this magnificent animal.
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