Protect Rare Arizona Flora

Arizona Mountians

Target: US Fish and Wildlife Service

Goal: Classify bartram stonecrop and beardless chinch weed as an endangered species

Of almost one thousand endangered plants up for consideration; two, the bartram stonecrop and beardless chinch weed, have received a rush for review, due to an imminent threat from a potential copper mine. Without the government’s intervention, this copper mine will proceed to destroy the habitats of these plants. These essential plants have been at risk for quite some time, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service must do what it can to protect them.

Currently, 757 plant species in America are being considered for protection under the Endangered Species Act. Traditionally, these studies are done slowly and routinely, but the bartram stonecrop and beardless chinch weed have been pushed to the front of the line due to the impending risk from the copper mine. This mine would have an effect on 145,000 acres of habitat near Tuscon, Arizona, and that land is home to about a dozen endangered species of plants and animals.

Both the bartram stonecrop and beardless chinch weed are crucial plants to the Arizona ecosystem. They are mainly at risk from the overgrazing of livestock, but if the copper mine plans go through, they will be subjected to much worse. These plants will fall victim to water depletion and literal obliteration from mining activities. The US Fish and Wildlife Service must add both the bartram stonecrop and beardless chinch weed to the Endangered Species list and protect the extinction of these rare and beloved flowers.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear US Fish and Wildlife Service,

Currently up for your consideration for the Endangered Species list are the bartram stonecrop and beardless chinch weed. These rare plants native to the Tuscon, Arizona area are not only scarce in number and at risk from a number of natural causes, but the potential for a copper mine to be built and destroy their environment looms on the horizon. Please, I urge you to add both the bartram stonecrop and beardless chinch weed, and protect them from the extinction that would surely be caused by the activities of this mine.

Both the bartram stonecrop and beardless chinch weed, aside from their special roles in the ecosystem, are beautiful aspects of Arizona’s unique horticulture. By passing on their protection, you are ensuring their destruction. There is no chance of them surviving the attack brought onto them by the copper mine. I insist that you add the bartram stonecrop and beardless chinch weed to the Endangered Species list and ensure their prospering into the future.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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