Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Support legislation that protects national forests from invasive road-building.
The Obama Administration recently announced a moratorium on road-building in national forests. The one-year ban against new construction and development of roads is necessary to protect national forests from air pollution, ecosystem destruction and wildlife casualties. Please sign this petition and show your support for banning road-building in national forests.
President Obama is reinstating a Clinton administration-era ban against new construction and development of roads in the majority of national forests. Road-building is often the first step toward logging, drilling, mining and other ecologically damaging developments in the forest backcountry. While environmental groups consider the road ban crucial, critics argue that roads are necessary to fight wildfires and log small trees that could otherwise serve as fuel for catastrophic fires.
The moratorium will give the Obama administration time to develop a long-term roadless policy for national forests. The directive gives Tom Vilsack, the Agriculture Secretary, sole authority over decisions regarding all forest management and road construction projects. According to a spokesperson for Vilsack, the secretary could still approve roads if necessary, for example, to protect public safety or forest health. The most immediate effect is to halt plans for road construction in the Tongass National Forest in Alaska.
Please sign this petition and show your support for banning destructive road-building in America’s pristine National forests.
Dear President Obama,
I am writing to applaud your recent decision to reinstate the Clinton-era ban on road-building in America’s national forests. As road-building is the first step to larger and more invasive projects like logging, drilling and mining, it is important to cut off the catalyst until long-term roadless policies can be developed. Thank you for supporting our national forests by restricting road-building until environmentally conscious rule-making can be established.
More than 58 million acres of national forest now lie protected from road-building in the United States. The moratorium on road-building in national forests takes effect immediately and will last one year while cabinet members establish long-term building legislation. Environmental groups are also applauding the “time out” and support the halt on road-building as a way to decrease other invasive projects. The most immediate effect is being felt in the Tongass National Park in Alaska. About 35 miles of roads are proposed as part of several timber sales pending in the Tongass, the nation’s largest federal forest.
Thank you again for reinstating the road-building ban and taking the time necessary to establish eco-friendly standards for road-building in the future. National forests contain some of the only pristine land left in America and it is important that we protect these national treasures rather than destroy them for big business.
[Your Name Here]
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