Target: Charlton Bonham, Director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Goal: Declare the coastal marten an endangered species and protect it from extinction.
A rare species is going extinct due to the destruction of its habitat. There are currently fewer than 100 coastal martens left in California. Despite their rapidly declining numbers, the United States Department of Fish and Wildlife refuses to declare the coastal marten an endangered species. Demand an end to excessive logging practices immediately and urge the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to protect the coastal marten under the Endangered Species Act.
The coastal marten is already extinct throughout 83 percent of its historic habitat. Currently, it survives in only three isolated locations throughout the United States. The old-growth forest in California holds one of the largest assemblies of this skunk-like creature. However, the population is steadily declining. The coastal marten faces numerous threats to its survival including logging, climate change, vehicle strikes, poisoning, fire, and small population size. Excessive logging practices, though, have played a significant part in its endangerment. With much of its habitat destroyed due to logging, the coastal marten has nowhere to hide from both human and animal predators.
Logging has destroyed nearly 90 percent of the old-growth forest. This is a huge blow to the coastal marten. In February, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife will meet regarding the status of this species. Sign the petition below and urge the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to declare the coastal marten an endangered species and protect this rare animal from extinction.
Dear Mr. Bonham,
A rare species is facing extinction. The coastal marten has lost approximately 90 percent of its habitat due to logging. This has exposed it to human and animal threats and put the species at risk. We demand increased protection for this animal and an immediate stop to logging in the old-growth forest.
The coastal marten was thought to be extinct until it was rediscovered in 1996. Since then, however, its population has continued to decline. The destruction of its habitat has left this rare species without protection from its many predators. Fire, logging, poisoning, and trapping have all played a part in the endangerment of this species. If steps are not taken to protect the coastal marten, it will soon become extinct.
Soon, you will have the opportunity to save this species and its habitat. We urge you to declare the coastal marten an endangered species and reward it all of the protections under the Endangered Species Act. By doing this, you will give a nearly extinct species the chance to survive.
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Photo Credit: USFWS