HELP SAVE OUR PRECIOUS PUBLIC LANDS FROM DEFORESTATION!

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The State of New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife wants to sell out NJ's Public Lands like on Sparta Mountain Wildlife Management Area to commercial loggers, hunters, and other private interests. THEY MUST BE STOPPED.

Under the guise of a “forest stewardship plan,” "oak regeneration plan", "creating habitat" and other "management/treatment plans", State bureaucrats are trying to raise money by permitting clear-cutting, herbicidal and fire use and the degradation of our water supply and other natural resources in our public open spaces. 

Sparta Mountain, like many other public open spaces, is home to many rare and endangered plant and animal species. This bogus plan would cause irreparable damage to the complex wetland systems and C1 trout streams assigned the highest classification in the State.  

The Highlands region, which includes the Sparta Mountains, also provides the drinking water to over 70% of ALL NJ residents. This plan sells out our New Jersey’s public lands and parks which belong to all of us and are held in the public trust. NJ taxpayers refuse to subsidize the destruction of the forests and open public spaces we paid to protect.

Don’t let State bureaucrats destroy our forests, endanger our water supply and decrease our property values.  Help stop commercial logging on Sparta Mountain and on ALL of NJ's Public Lands before it’s too late!   

ACTION PETITION FOR: We, the undersigned, as concerned citizens, urge our elected officials (local, state, and federal) to act now to stop the DEVASTATION of our cherished Public Lands like on Sparta Mountain Wildlife Management Area. We call for them to prohibit commercial clear-cutting, herbicidal and fire use and the degradation of our water supply and other natural resources in our public open spaces by requiring the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife to ABANDON the proposed 10-year Forest Stewardship Plan for SMWMA and withdraw the proposed pro-logging bills A4843/A4844/A4845/4846/A3086/A5547 and S3549/S3550/S3548/S3547/S2001 from consideration (which allows for additional forest stewardship on public lands).  

We ask for a permanent  CEASE-AND-DESIST of all  Statewide logging activities and on Sparta Mountain (a High Conservation Value Forest with over 130+ Rare, Threatened/Endangered and Special Concern Species), so that additional ecological harm is not done and we do not destroy the drinking water supply to over 70% of the state.  On Sparta Mtn, vernal pools have already been clear-cut where over 50% of the intact forested canopy was removed- to the demise of the species that called that area home.

"Climate Change is an Existential Threat", per Governor Murphy, and our forests need further protections, not deforestation.  Deforestation runs counter to all good Climate Science and our hopes of mitigating climate change.  NJ's forests belong to the people and must be held in the Pubic Trust. Deforestation destroys this Public Trust.

Let's save our future by saving our forests from logging!