Colorado Forests Need You Now
If you live in or have been to Colorado you know that wild forests make the state magical. Right now, many of those forest lands are at risk.
The 2001 federal 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule protects nearly 60 million acres of pristine forests throughout the nation. Yet the state of Colorado is moving forward with a proposal that would exempt the state from the national rule, replacing it with a weaker version that could damage some of the most beautiful countryside in Colorado.
Please take action today by contacting President Obama and asking him to direct Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack (who oversees the US Forest Service) to suspend Colorado's efforts.
Currant Creek, high above the North Fork of the Gunnison River, is one of the places that could be ruined. This distinctly remote and unaltered landscape spans diverse mid-elevation forest landscape hosting aspen, oak and serviceberry. This area is essential to elk calving, mule deer rearing, migration and other seasonal wildlife habitat issues.
Under the rule Colorado is proposing, Currant Creek would be opened to coal mining and a network of new roads - all far from any existing coal portals and transportation networks.
You can read more here about Currant Creek and what is happening in Colorado.
Please help Colorado's forests (and avoid setting a bad precedent for other states) by sending your note today and letting friends know.
I'm writing you today to ask that you direct the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to immediately suspend the state of Colorado's effort to approve a state-based roadless rule that would open up national forests in Colorado to road building and other destructive activities. Instead, Colorado's forest should be afforded the same protection as national forests across the country under the national 2001 rule.
You have already expressed great support for protecting roadless forests and we ask that you keep fighting for this worthy cause. Roadless forests play a critical role in the health of our planet and our communities. They protect sources of drinking water, serve as home to limitless recreational opportunities, provide habitat for wildlife, and help defend us against the impact of global warming.
Please direct the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to suspend the state's rulemaking efforts and instead support the national rule to protect Colorado' national forests to the standard they deserve.
P.S. Please also eliminate the Bush-era exemption to roadless protection for the Tongass National Forest in Alaska. As you know, America's largest national rain forest is indispensable to salmon fishermen, native cultures, and local economies.
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