Target: Sierra Watch Executive Director Tom Mooers
Goal: Thank conservation group for fighting to save thousands of acres of forest
The Sierra Nevada region of California is best known for its beautiful mountain and forest scenery. Fortunately, a conservation group called Sierra Watch recently launched a successful fight to make sure it stays that way. Sierra Nevada holds a special significance in the landscape of America; it is home to three national parks, 20 protected wilderness areas, and two national monuments. Unfortunately, these facts did little to stop the timber company Sierra Pacific Industries from drawing up plans in 2003 to cut down thousands of acres of the scenic forests for a housing development. After more than a decade of debate, Sierra Watch has made a deal with the timber company to preserve 6,376 acres of land in this iconic American region.
As a condition of the agreement, Sierra Pacific Industries has relinquished all development rights to the contested land and will sell the territory to conservationist groups once the deal is finalized. The stretch of land is one of the most biologically diverse in the region, and its preservation creates an uninterrupted swath of 50,000 acres of preserved land. Sierra Watch executive direct Tom Mooers said of the protected land, “This defines what we consider priority conservation land. It is a combination of healthy forest, thriving wetlands and wildlife habitat, and it connects to other areas in the Sierra.”
Sierra Watch has been fighting to protect this region from development since 2001, and their hard work, patience, and dedication has finally paid off. Please sign this petition to thank Tom Mooers, the executive director of Sierra Watch, for his organization’s work to protect the landscape and wildlife of the Sierra Nevada region.
Dear Mr. Mooers,
The Sierra Nevada is a region with special environmental significance in the story of America’s national landscape. It is home to three national parks, 20 wilderness areas, and two national monuments. Unfortunately, the beautiful scenery of the region also attracts developers who would rather clear the forests to make room for construction products than preserve them for wildlife and future generations of Americans. Thankfully, conservation groups like Sierra Watch have tirelessly fought to preserve these regions.
You and your organization should be commended for your recent work to preserve 6,376 acres of forest and meadows in one of the most biologically diverse stretches of Sierra Nevada land. The agreement you reached is a positive conclusion to the more than ten years that were spent debating this land. More importantly, it creates an uninterrupted swatch of 50,000 acres of preserved land, and protects this precious region for future generations.
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