Target: Northeast landowners
Goal: Commend the many landowners who have answered the request to aid The Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Resources Conservation Service in their efforts to save the New England Cottontail Rabbit
The New England Cottontail Rabbit is the only species native to the area east of the Hudson river, where it once lived in abundance. Its natural habitats are the saplings, weeds, and shrubs of un-matured forests, which have typically been maintained by human agriculture. Unlike most animals, these rabbits actually thrive in the environment maintained by the human activity on farmlands.
Now, 80% of their habitat has become overgrown as the years have gone by and landowners have stopped tending to their lands in those regions. With the forests now becoming much more dense, the rabbits have been struggling to survive and are dwindling in number. The Fish and Wildlife Service and National Resources Conservation Service have been reaching out to landowners, zoos, land trusts, and Native American tribes in order to restore the “shrub lands” which yield edible ground vegetation for these rabbits. Doing so additionally helps many other wildlife species of birds, deer, and snakes.
Many landowners have been accepting responsibility and taken up the cause by re-opening their unused agricultural lands and maintaining them with new growths so that these rabbits can begin breeding back to their original numbers once again. For some, this means a long-term plan of several years worth of money and maintenance which they would not have otherwise needed to worry about. Thank these landowners for putting in the effort to save the New England Cottontail Rabbit.
Dear Northeast Landowners,
The New England Cottontail Rabbit is a species which once thrived on your lands and benefitted from human agricultural endeavors, unlike most wildlife. Now, that species is dying out because of an 80% loss of those habitats, as many lands have gone unused now for many years.
The Fish and Wildlife Service and National Resources Conservation Service has been reaching out to you for help, asking that you once again begin work on those lands and maintain various vegetation growths while keeping them from becoming overgrown by dense forest. While you have no inherent responsibility to put in this time and money, many of you have gladly accepted the challenge. For this, we would like to commend you. You are doing a service not only to a type of rabbit which has the potential to soon become endangered, but to countless other species of animals that also depend on shrub lands. Thank you.
[Your Name Here]