Target: Washington State Governor Jay Inslee
Goal: Protect a key woodland habitat connectivity point from being devastated by clearcut logging.
Many hundreds of acres of pristine woodland habitat could be lost to clearcut logging if the state of Washington doesn’t allocated the necessary funds to protecting the area. Blanchard State Park is a beloved forest enjoyed by many locals for its beautiful views and great hiking. More importantly, it’s the only place in the state where the Cascade Mountains meet the Salish Sea, making it a unique habitat for the local species.
Clearcut logging involves the uniform cutting down of all or most trees in an area without regard for the animals that call the area home. That alone is devastating enough, but it also usually precludes development of disruptive business or shopping centers.
Despite the fact that it’s a state park, a lack of funding leaves these 1,600 acres of habitat vulnerable. The Department of Natural Resources needs $7.7 million to complete an agreement that will protect the area from any logging. This is a lot of money for one department, but the state of Washington could be convinced to provide it with these funds in the official 2016 budget if enough people speak up.
Sign our petition to urge the Washington State governor to ensure that this money is allocated to the Department of Natural Resources for the preservation on Blanchard State Park. Too many parks have been lost to clearcut logging already.
Dear Governor Inslee,
Blanchard State Park is at risk of being clearcut and generally destroyed. This unique area is the only place in the state where the beautiful Cascade Mountains meet the Salish Sea, making it a key habitat point for the local animal species. It’s also a favorite area for many local hikers and nature enthusiasts.
Losing this park to bulldozers would be tragic, but you can save it. The Department of Natural Resources needs $7.7 million in order to protect it from being lost to loggers. The state government could allocate that money to the department and continue the protection of this state park and the valuable ecosystem within.
The people of Washington State value environmentalism and the protection of its gorgeous woodlands. If you are truly the environmentalist you say you are, please do all you can to ensure that the necessary funds are allocated to saving Blanchard State Park in the 2016 budget.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Cody Logan