Support Protection of Threatened Butterfly Species

Mt. Charleston Blue Butterfly

Target: Environmental Protection Agency

Goal: Grant endangered species protection for threatened butterfly population

Habitat loss and forest management techniques are threatening the rare Mount Charleston Blue Butterfly, as well as other butterfly species in Nevada. U.S. Fish and Wildlife and conservationists are working to gain better protection of these species in order to maintain ecosystems and their biological diversity. Protection under the Endangered Species Act is the only way to successfully save these valuable and beautiful species.

The Mount Charleston Blue Butterfly, which lives only in the Spring Mountains outside Las Vegas, thrives in forests with little underbrush and open mineral soils, namely those managed naturally with forest fires. Forest fire prevention in Nevada has threatened ideal forest conditions for this species by allowing dense overgrowth of forest underbrush.

Further, the application of wood chips in these forests as part of a fuel-reduction plan is smothering low-growing plants utilized as host plants by the butterflies. If protected under the Endangered Species Act, these two practices among others could be altered to protect butterfly habitat. Such measures would benefit the entire forest ecosystem by ensuring a more natural self-management of the forest.

Please support the Center for Biological Diversity, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and Nevada conservationists in calling for protection of the Mount Charleston Blue Butterfly and other threatened Nevada butterfly species under the Endangered Species Act.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Environmental Protection Agency,

The Mount Charleston Blue Butterfly, among five other rare Nevada butterfly species, need protection under the Endangered Species Act. Currently, forest management practices and habitat disruption are threatening the existence of these species.

Forest fires in the Spring Mountains naturally ensure forest conditions ideal for the Mount Charleston Blue Butterfly, which requires sparse understory vegetation, and exposed mineral soil. Prevention of these fires has created an inconducive environment of too much forest underbrush. Further, other practices are preventing access to low-growing host plants.

Please acknowledge the necessity of this request to protect beautiful and rare butterfly species and their ecosystems through protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: USFWS Pacific Southwest Region

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4 Comments

  1. The larvae are extremely specialized, they will only feed on the Torrey’s milkvetch. The State of Nevada will have to start doing controlled burning for the growth of Torrey’s milkvetch.

  2. We do not understand what we can lose until we lose it and then look back. Mankind is not always kind among the other things he also lacks. I raise Monarchs and they too only survive on a certain plant, the milkweed. I have had a hard time locating milkweed at times because people do not understand how valuable it is to a species. Please, grant protection for the Mount Charleston Blue Butterfly and others that need help to survive.

    • But monarch butterflies are long ranch migratory animals. So it is also preserving the pine and oak forests of Michoacan State in Mexico. It has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but a lot of that value timber has been cut down.

  3. Kayeporter@cableone.net says:

    So beautiful, and vital. I didn’t see but a few butterflies this year, even less than last. Not one Lady Bug.

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