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outdoor recreation

65 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Bloomington, MN City Council, Tom Landwehr - Commissioner - Minnesota DNR

Stop the plan to put a paved trail in the Minnesota River Valley between the Bloomington Ferry Bridge and the Old Cedar Avenue Bridge.

Many of us are concerned about the future of the trails that currently exist along the banks of the Minnesota River.  We would like to see these trails preserved in their current natural state, improved and expanded into a network of natural surface trails.  Please read the following statement and consider adding your name in support.  The petition will be presented to the various government land managers and elected officials who will soon be deciding the fate of the river trails. STATEMENT OF SUPPORT:  We believe that the Minnesota Valley Trail from the vicinity of Old Cedar Avenue to the former Bloomington Ferry Bridge trailhead should be designated, developed and preserved as a natural surface multi-use trail open to hiker, runners, cyclists and nature lovers.  The only needed improvements to the already existing natural surface trail should be restroom facilities as well as bridges, culverts and boardwalks to provide environmentally acceptable stream and drainage crossings.  Some minor re-routing and surface maintenance work may also be required to minimize rutting, erosion and pothole formation in the trail surface. Improving and maintaining the existing natural surface trail would have almost no environmental impact and there would be only minimal costs associated with such a trail.  We believe that a natural trail would be more appropriate for the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge and more in keeping with the activities of the users of the entire area.  This area is subject to periodic severe flooding and any asphalt, graded gravel or crushed limestone surface would require frequent and expensive re-building with adverse effects on the Refuge and the environment.  

Stephen Boyd
6,934 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Tom Casperson

STOP FOREST CLEAR CUTTING IN UPPER MICHIGAN

This petition is regarding Lumber Sale Number: 12-064-16-01 (Bear Camp SBW) The Picture above is the Forest Scheduled to be CLEAR CUT, it is growing lush and green, hardly a forest devastated by the bud worm. Michigan's DNR is CLEAR CUTTING/DE-FORESTING Thousands of Acres of Public Lands in Upper Michigan in the name of PROFIT. They claim that they need to clear cut harvest the lumber while there is still value. I understand that the spruce bud worm damages balsam fir and may also damage and feed on black spruce, tamarack, pine and hemlock trees when they are in stands with balsam fir or white spruce, but these species generally suffer less damage.  I see no reason why the DNR is CLEAR CUTTING: ASPEN, BIRCH, CHERRY AND MAPLE. There is NO reason for this type of Deforestation in the year 2016.   There are many ways to manage the forest other than CLEAR CUTTING it just takes a little thought and a comprehensive plan.  The Real Value in Michigan's Forests is not the timber value but rather in their beauty and what that beauty brings. CLEAR CUTTING Michigan's Forests may put some short time money in the states pocket but in the long term it will cost the State (especially in the U.P.) millions of dollars in lost tourism, and hunting and fishing revenues, not to mention the lost beauty for generations of Michigan Property Owners. The deforestation of this area will also diminish the Property Values of all property owners as we depend upon hunting, fishing and beauty of  Upper Michigan to bring Hunters, Fisherman, Boaters, Tourism for the Colors etc...  I want be able to enjoy the beauty of Upper Michigan with my children and grandchildren to in a natural forest with large trees not just new growth pine trees and brush which resembles a tree farm.  Deforestation also lowers the animal population in the natural forest environment and forces deer, bear, etc.. into populated areas where they can become a nuisance and cause real property damage thus costing farmers and residents thousands of dollars each year.  Wildlife in populated areas also causes many auto accidents and even the loss of pets from coyotes and wolves. All I am petitioning the Michigan State DNR to take the time to conduct Responsible Forest Management and not to CLEAR CUT the forest.  There is no reason for the removal of hardwoods and/or ASPEN, BIRCH, CHERRY and MAPLE trees do to Spruce Bud Worm damage. The DNR can easily  re-write the bid specifications and leave the hardwoods and other trees unaffected by the spruce bud worms. The Forest that you are about to CLEAR CUT is the year round home to many Deer, Moose, and Black bears, Grouse, Woodpeckers and many other animal and bird species and without this forest they will be gone for several generations. Sportsman, Nature Lovers, Environmentalists, and anyone who just enjoys the Natural Woods, Please endorse this petition.  Sincerely, David Rassel

David Rassel
31,837 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Mayor Wayne Messam, Miramar FL, City of Miramar Commissioners

Stop the planned destruction of 120 acre wetland forest in West Miramar, FL

Florida has lost over 100,000 acres of wetlands in the last few years.  We are determined to save the wetlands in our neighborhood, more specifically the 120 acres of land located at the southwest corner of Bass Creek Road and SW 172 Avenue in Miramar. This area is teaming with threatened and endangered wildlife that must be protected. Lennar Construction has filed an Application for Land Use Plan Amendment (#1502812) to develop 385 (modified from 537) single-family residential units on this land.   This proposed development will erase 120 acres of existing natural wildlife habitat and surrounding wetlands.  This area is now home for dozens of threatened and endangered animals such as osprey, heron, key deer, turtles, and exotic plant-life. destroy a fragile wetland-forest eco-system that reduces green-house gasses, and is essential to preserving our drinking water, add over 1000 cars to our already congested and dangerous roadways and add further delays to the response time of our Emergency Responders Sign this petition  - - tell Mayor Wayne M. Messam and the City of Miramar Commissioners to reject proposed land use plan amendment #1502812, and convert this area into an environmentally “impact positive” nature preserve and education center.  Please also make a comment about why it's important to you!

Miramar Citizens Coalition
11,320 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Commission Members

Catch & Release for Wild Steelhead in Southwest Oregon

We are longtime southwest Oregon guides and anglers, and we are asking the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission to require the release of all wild steelhead in the Southwest Zone.    On Friday September 14th, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission is considering a proposal to require the release of all wild steelhead in Southwest Oregon, and we are looking for your support! We are requesting this regulation change for: Simplicity and consistency. Current Sport Fishing Regulations restrict harvest of wild steelhead in some of the Southwest Zone rivers, while allowing wild steelhead harvest in other Southwest Zone rivers. See pages 34 – 39 in ODFW’s 2018 Sport Fishing Regulations. With the amended regulation change, Oregon’s management of steelhead fisheries will be consistent with wild steelhead angling regulations in the entire Southwest Zone as well as Oregon’s Willamette, Central, and Northeast Zones, and all but two rivers in the Northwest Zone (Salmon River and Big Elk Creek); as well as wild steelhead fishing regulations for every river in California, Idaho, Washington, Alaska, and British Columbia.   Increased angling opportunity for wild steelhead. Since wild steelhead can be caught multiple times in the same season, or when they return in future seasons to spawn, releasing wild steelhead provides more angling opportunity by keeping wild steelhead in the system. Sportfishing is the lifeblood of Southwest Oregon. Anglers live in Southwest Oregon and travel from across the country for the opportunity to catch a large, wild steelhead, while spending money in the local, rural economy. Maintaining Southwest Oregon as a world-class wild steelhead fishery will help local businesses in the rural area thrive into the future. It is important that we do our part to keep wild steelhead and anglers coming back to the premier rivers in Southwest Oregon and ensure that fishing opportunity remains for future generations. More steelhead anglers will be able to participate in the fishery. Keeping wild steelhead in the river, rather than in the possession of the first angler that harvests it, will increase overall catch rates for anglers, and increase satisfaction with the fishery. In turn, this will encourage more steelhead anglers to participate in the fishery. This will also increase license sales, as more people will have the opportunity to catch wild steelhead and continue to be drawn to fish in Southwest Oregon.  Size Matters.  Harvesting wild steelhead removes large steelhead from the river and gene pool. Since wild steelhead harvest was removed on the Umpqua River, anglers have reported catching larger fish and guides are seeing renewed traffic to that system, which attracts customers from outside the area who spend money at local businesses.  These larger fish often contribute disproportionately to the spawning population, as larger fish are often repeat spawners carrying more gametes than their smaller counterparts. This regulation will prevent a piecemeal approach for regional changes. The amended regulation to release wild steelhead in all Southwest Zone rivers is intended to be uniform across the region. A harvest closure in one system would likely result in an angler effort shift in harvest to a neighboring river where harvest opportunity is still allowed. We saw this when California’s Smith River restricted wild steelhead harvest in 2010 and anglers traveled north to Southern Oregon to harvest wild steelhead. Steelhead fishing has been really tough the last couple of years. Multiple years of drought and tough ocean conditions have resulted in a perceived decline with lower than normal returns and reduced catch rates over the last couple years.  The recent largescale habitat disturbance resulting from the Chetco Bar Fire coupled with liberal harvest regulations further threatens future wild steelhead abundance.  The current status of the Southwest Zone’s wild steelhead is not well understood and monitoring wild steelhead is costly and logistically difficult since steelhead do not die after spawning.  Finally, there is currently no Steelhead Conservation and Management Plan for the Southwest Zone and the state’s Native Fish Status Report has not been updated in almost 15 years. Whereas, several Oregon steelhead populations outside the Southwest Zone are listed on ODFW’s sensitive species of concern, taking a precautionary approach to ensure wild steelhead thrive into the future, well before populations collapse, is needed.  About Current ODFW Management: The last comprehensive status review of native fish populations in Oregon was in 2005 (see ODFW, Native Fish Status Report, 2005).  To date, there has not been a comprehensive review of wild steelhead status in the Southwest Zone, despite multiple years of chaotic environmental conditions, including drought, El Niño, year-after-year record setting warm air temperatures, and the Blob of hot water in the Pacific Ocean.  Wild steelhead populations are trending downward in the majority of systems in Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, and British Columbia.  There are only a couple of areas left in the Pacific Northwest where wild steelhead are considered relatively stable, yet in every watershed outside of Oregon where steelhead angling is permitted fisheries managers have implemented catch and release regulations for wild steelhead to protect these important stocks.  As fisheries are constrained across the Northwest and anglers seek out the last remaining healthy populations of wild steelhead, an angler effort shift to the Southwest Zone is likely, and potentially already occurring, it is important to implement proactive regulations to help protect these populations in the future. Enumerating steelhead abundance is critical for managing run strength, stock composition, and fisheries, but we recognize accomplishing this can be incredibly difficult, particularly in large river systems that occur in the Southwest Zone.  Several techniques such as sonar, mark-recapture experiments, or traditional weirs/barriers could be used to estimate steelhead abundance, but these techniques are often expensive, time consuming, can adversely impact returning fish runs, and can have a significant amount of error associated with the estimate.  Monitoring steelhead is also notoriously difficult because they have the most variable suite of life histories, which greatly complicates assessment and management.   Population health goals for the KMP steelhead DPS in the Southwest Zone steelhead were established by ODFW in 2003 (Sattherthwaite, 2003).  The report indicated that attainment of the goals would lead to fish managers to conclude that KMP populations are healthy, but due to budget constraints ODFW has not had the resources necessary to complete the ongoing monitoring to understand wild steelhead status in relation to population goals.  Given the increasingly list of critical species ODFW is working to recover across the state, and the decrease in funding available to the department for monitoring (as seen in the dramatic reduction in monitoring by ODFW for coastal steelhead spawning surveys), in order for the department to fulfill it’s responsibilities under the Native Fish Conservation Policy and prevent the trend towards a federal Endangered Species Act listing, it is in the best interest of the agency, anglers, local businesses, and Oregonians to limit the impacts to sensitive fish populations in the case of uncertainty and help ensure that the Southwest Zone wild steelhead populations sustain robust recreational fisheries now and in the future.  Implementing catch and release regulations for wild steelhead in the Southwest Zone in the face of these uncertainties is the most cost-effective, equitable, and easy to implement management action to protect these important world-class populations.

Harvey Young
3,585 supporters