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Elizabeth Howell
Elizabeth Howell signed this petition

The State of New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife wants to sell out the 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" 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. They must not be sold to the highest bidder.

Don’t let State bureaucrats destroy our forests, endanger our water supply and decrease our property values.  Help stop commercial logging on Sparta Mountain 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 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 bills S234 and A3389 from consideration (which would transfer the NJ State Forestry Services to the Department of Agriculture).  NJ's public forests ARE NOT agriculture crops to be "harvested from". 

On 02/18/19 We ask for a permanent  CEASE-AND-DESIST of all logging activities on Sparta Mountain (a High Conservation Value Forest with over 120+ Rare, Threatened/Endangered and Special Concern Species), so that additional ecological harm (2 vernal pools have already been clear cut with over 50% of the intact forested canopy removed- to the demise of the species that called that home) is not done and we do not destroy the drinking water supply to over 70% of the state. Thank you!


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