Target: Speaker of the House John Boehner
Goal: Remove law changes that could harm our national forests
The woods, deserts, and temperate rainforests encompassing Nevada, Michigan, and Washington have large areas of untouched sanctuaries for wildlife. It is important that these areas remain pristine so that nature can thrive to its fullest. Unfortunately, congress is considering to change certain laws that would allow new logging projects in these areas, making its wildlife vulnerable.
Logging is the cutting and loading of trees onto trucks or removing and/or transporting wood. The reasoning behind these changes is to support fuel reduction projects, but these changes are not necessary. By allowing logging in these areas, wildlife habitats will most certainly be put at risk. Most species that are threatened or endangered today became so because of human interference with their natural balance. Not only will plants and animals be harmed, but so will nearby communities and even the national supply of drinking water. About half of the nation’s drinking water comes from these forests, and interference in these places will interfere with it’s purity.
Besides the dangers to our environment, the new laws will also decrease the amount of public participation allowed in certain environmental review processes. We must keep our freedom and our forests, deserts, and rainforests safe. Congress is voting on this issue now. Please urge them not to allow these changes for the protection of our environment and habitat conservation.
Dear Rep. Boehner,
Section 8203 of the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013 allows logging in untouched, delicate areas of the deserts of Nevada, rainforests of Washington, and forests of northern Michigan. I am writing to you asking that you reject Section 8203 as it puts the public and the environment at greater risk.
If logging is built in these untouched areas, it could greatly damage wildlife habitat, creating new threats and endangerment to various species. Communities near these sites will be disrupted as well. Also, do not forget that half of the nation’s drinking water comes from springs in these forests, and if logging is allowed, the purity of our water could be tainted.
These new law changes could lead to intrusions that have the potential to be hazardous to our environment. Most environmental problems are caused by human disruption and error, and allowing logging is not worth the risk. Please remove Section 8203 of the Farm Bill for the sake of our forests and our environmental welfare.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Joesph O’Brien, USDA Forest Service via Wikimedia Commons