Applaud Puerto Rico for Choosing Protection over Development

leatherback sea turtle

Target: Puerto Rico Governor, Luis Fortuño

Goal: Support Puerto Rico’s decision to protect the island’s Northeast Ecological Corridor from development.

Puerto Rico’s Northeast Ecological Corridor is one of the most important nesting grounds in the world for the endangered Leatherback sea turtle. For years, the area has been threatened by two proposed mega-resorts until recently, when Puerto Rico’s Governor decided to sign a law protecting 2,000 acres of the Corridor from development. Support the governor as he prepares for the inevitable backlash from investor companies and applaud him for choosing environmental protection over development.

The Northeast Ecological Corridor covers more than 3,000 acres on Puerto Rico’s northeastern shoreline. The Corridor had been designated as a nature reserve in 2008 by the preceding governor, Aníbal Acevedo Vilá. In 2009, current Governor Luis Fortuño removed the designation in order to allow for large-scale, unsustainable development in the ecologically fragile area.

Along with being one of the most important U.S. nesting grounds for the critically endangered Leatherback, the largest sea turtle on Earth, the Corridor contains a bioluminescent lagoon, mangrove swamps, coral reefs and dense tropical rainforest that provide habitat for more than 50 rare, threatened and native species. These include the Snowy Plover, the Brown Pelican, the Puerto Rican Boa, the Hawksbill Sea Turtle and the West Indian Manatee.

After environmental activists and organizations advocated for Governor Fortuño to approve the Land Use and Management Plan for the Northeast Ecological Corridor Nature Reserve, overwhelming public support convinced Governor Fortuño to reverse his decision and instead promote protection and sustainable development in the area.

Sign this petition to show your support for the governor’s decision to prioritize the future of the Leatherback turtle species and encourage him not to back down to company pressure.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Fortuño,

I am writing to applaud you for your recent decision to approve the Land Use and Management Plan for the Northeast Ecological Corridor Nature Reserve. Puerto Rico’s Northeast Ecological Corridor is one of the most important nesting grounds in the U.S. and the world for the endangered Leatherback sea turtle. For years, the future of these turtles and many other rare, endangered and native species has been threatened by two proposed mega-resorts. I am glad to know that you listened to science and environmentalists and decided to prioritize protection rather than development.

Please do all you can to truly protect the 2,000 acres of land that you have designated as a Natural Reserve. I urge you not to back down in the face of political or economic pressure, nor to create loopholes for companies seeking to make a profit. The long-term ecological importance of the Corridor cannot be sold. Once again, thank you for protecting the future of the Leatherback sea turtle and all the other wild species that inhabit the Northeast Ecological Corridor and make Puerto Rico the enchanting island it is.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. congratulations for taking action for the good of our environment

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