Don’t Allow Increased Logging in Spotted Owl’s Old-Growth Forest Habitat

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Target: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Goal: Protect against increased logging in mature and old-growth forests in the Northwest.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has drafted a proposal that strips essential protections for mature and old-growth forests in the Northwest and even allows new, destructive logging. These forests are critical habitats for various threatened species, such as the northern spotted owl and the marbled murrelet. We must act speak up to make sure the current protections for these critical habitats are not weakened or eliminated.

A decade ago, the health of old-growth forests was seriously jeopardized by years of unsustainable management practices, but the tireless work of environmental activists ensured the creation of the Northwest Forest Plan. Now, the once highly fragmented forests are now growing back rapidly, improving water quality and helping threatened species such as the spotted owl recover.

The proposal recently released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service bows down to timber industry pressure by allowing increased logging in once protected spotted owl habitat. There is no significant scientific evidence showing that allowing logging in old-growth forests will protect them from fire or improve their health. Rather, industrial logging activities will only put spotted owls at the brink of extinction and severely damage forest and watershed health. Particularly, activities such as clearcutting and mining have been proven to pollute clean water and poison the treasured Northwest salmon.

Sign the petition below to tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service not to weaken or take away the current protections for mature and old-growth forest habitats so they can remain intact for future generations.

 

PETITION LETTER:

Dear U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,

I am writing to express my utter discontent with the draft plan you recently released that threatens to strip away much needed protections of mature and old-growth forests in the Northwest. These protections provide insurpassable economic and environmental benefits, and are absolutely vital to threatened species such as the northern spotted owl and the marbled murrelet.

A decade ago, the health of old-growth forests was seriously jeopardized by years of unsustainable management practices, but the tireless work of environmental activists ensured the creation of the Northwest Forest Plan. Now, the once highly fragmented forests are now growing back rapidly, improving water quality and helping threatened species such as the spotted owl recover.

The proposal your organization recently released only bows down to timber industry pressure by allowing increased logging in areas that are essential to the conservation and recovery of the spotted owl habitat. There is no significant scientific evidence showing that allowing logging in old-growth forests will protect them from fire or improve their health. Rather, industrial logging activities will only put spotted owls at the brink of extinction and severely damage forest and watershed health. Particularly, activities such as clearcutting and mining have been proven to pollute clean water and poison the treasured Northwest salmon.

I urge you to support protections against logging in Northwest mature and old-growth forests. Please do not weaken or take away the current protections so our iconic forests and precious animal species can remain intact for future generations.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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2 Comments

  1. Keep this up, and we will go extinct ourselves.

  2. Robert Pound says:

    Must we cut ALL the old growth forests? Already something like 97% have been cut down, isn’t that enough? Can’t we stop the big wet kiss to the timber industry and preserve what’s left? Corporate greed is KILLING this country and everything that lives here, I fear WE are next!

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