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wildlife conservation

52 petitions

Update posted 22 hours ago

Petition to Matt Mead, Anna Munoz, Roya Mogadam, Liz Cheney, Wyoming State House, Wyoming State Senate, John Barrasso, Greg Sheehan, MARK ANSELMI, DAVID RAEL, PATRICK J. CRANK, MIKE SCHMID, GAY LYNN BYRD, PETER J. DUBE, KEITH CULVER

Stop The Trophy Hunt of Wyoming Grizzly Bears

Yellowstone grizzlies have recovered from near extinction.However, Wyoming’s own Game and Fish Chief Warden, Brian Nesvik sees a potential hunt as “part of the success story” of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem’s grizzly population. The recovering of grizzly populations is a result of protections. Without those protections and a policy of peaceful coexistence, grizzlies will disappear again.In the 1970's, hunters and trappers decimated grizzly bear populations across the US. Why should we allow history to repeat itself? Today grizzly bears face even more threats from climate, habitat loss, development, mining and an increase in deaths by automobiles. A hunt this time could mean they may never recover. Is that a risk we are willing to accept?How can we trust that any hunt will be conducted in a conservative manner when it would be lacking scientific merit?We see the transparent interests at play in pursuing this hunt: ranchers, trophy hunters, and opportunistic mining companies and developers. We will not stand by as these self serving interests greedily advance their personal agendas.A hunt would not only disturbs the balance of nature, but it would have negative consequences for eco tourism. With grizzly bears serving as the main draw, “government and independent economists have placed the combined value of nature-based tourism in Yellowstone and Grand Teton at close to one billion dollars annually. (NPS 2016 Report)Clearly, the motivation for a Wyoming bear hunt is recreational, trophy hunting. It serves no biological or conservation purpose. We must commit to conserving wildlife and protect it for the benefit of all Americans and future generations. Unscientific hunts directly oppose conservation efforts. Therefore, we ask the addressed parties to end the pursuit of a grizzly bear hunt in Wyoming. NPS Report: https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/news/16021.htm  

OneProtest
218,168 supporters
Started 1 day ago

Petition to Hilary S. Franz, Joe Smillie, Michal Rechner, Anna Bausher, Michele Zukerberg

Protect rare bald eagle feeding area & ecologically crucial tidelands in Washington state

A coalition of concerned residents, naturalists and conservationists urge you to support the preservation of Dabob Bay in Washington state from the proposed development of an invasive aquaculture farm which could potentially involve up to 60,000 mesh bags of oysters suspended from four-foot-tall pipes and wire rack system and up to 25 acres of flip bags involving up to 150,000 bags attached to lines and staked to the beach with thousands of helical screws.  The DNR (Department of natural resources) in conjunction with property owners have worked in tandem with one another to expand and preserve the boundaries of the Dabob Bay Natural Area; which is a rare example of intact salt marsh and sand spit plant communities within one of Washington’s highest functioning coastal spit and tidal wetland systems. The natural area includes mature coastal forests, coastal streams, feeder bluffs, forage fish spawning areas, eelgrass beds, native Olympia oyster beds, nearshore tidelands and mudflats utilized by juvenile salmon and shorebirds, and open marine waters utilized by salmon, marine birds, harbor seals and orcas.   There is surmountable evidence that development will impact this area in negative and potentially irreversible ways including impacting recognized endangered species and habitats including but not limited to:  1. Bald eagle feeding grounds, which may be the largest seasonal concentration of eagles in Hood Canal, perhaps even the Pacific Northwest. The eagles gather at low tide in the proposed use area and construction of any kind would directly impact this phenomenon. 2. Impacts to federally threatened summer chum and Chinook salmon. Dabob Bay is a documented habitat for juvenile Hood Canal summer chum salmon and Puget Sound Chinook salmon, both listed as Threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act.3. Vulnerability of the structures and debris generation. The aquaculture site is vulnerable to winter storms due to the long fetch up Hood Canal and exposure. There is a high likelihood that aquaculture structures will be torn up by storms and generate a large amount of plastic debris drifting onto beaches of Dabob Bay and the larger Hood Canal. The likely increase in plastic waste on the beaches of the area has significant negative cosmetic and environmental impact. 4. Impact to longshore drift processes and saltmarsh spits.  The largest feeder bluffs in Dabob Bay abuts the proposed aquaculture operation. These feeder bluffs supply sediment that is transported north along the beach in the long shore drift process to build and maintain Long Spit, part of the Dabob Bay Natural Area. Long Spit supports very high quality coastal saltmarsh plant communities, including two globally imperiled plant associations and protection of the coastal spits was the original impetus for establishing the Dabob Bay Natural Area. The proposed aquaculture installations may impact long shore sediment transport processes.  While both parcels in question were previously leased to Western Oyster Company for aquaculture purposes, the lease was never executed and development never began, which has allowed this area to remain a haven for large numbers of marine life and develop the pristine water environment this area is known for.  This proposed use of land seems to directly contradict the spirit of the DNR’s (along with property owners, the Nature Conservancy, and others) mission to protect and restore this area.  The information provided in the SEPA checklist and other application materials IS NOT SUFFICIENT to properly evaluate the potential environmental, community, and social impact of this proposal.  We strongly urge Jefferson County, the DNR, and the applicants of the ‘point no point shellfish farm’  to factor in what might be lost in exchange for allowing access and cultivation of this land in this way to anyone and request this land be placed in a permanent conservation trust to preserve this ecologically crucial environment forever. 

stephanie mcgregor
185 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Martin Adams, Susan Rowghani, Richard Harasick, David Ryu, Mitch O'Farrell, Sarah Dusseault, Jeanne Min, Adam Miller, Mary Rodriguez

ESTABLISH A SILVER LAKE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY NOW

We, the undersigned, request the City of Los Angeles and the DWP (Department of Water and Power) to establish a Wildlife Sanctuary within the current boundaries of the Silver Lake Reservoirs. By preserving the open waters of the Silver Lake Reservoirs and their surrounding acreage as a sanctuary, this will create a protected habitat for migratory birds and urban wildlife, to be enjoyed by all. CURRENTLY:The Silver Lake Reservoirs have been permanently taken offline from the City’s drinking water system. Water from the Eastern Sierra snowpack is being used to refill the Reservoirs, and existing ground water from the nearby Pollock Wells will be used to keep them replenished. BRIEF HISTORY:Silver Lake is known to naturalists as a "nature hotspot." Over 140 species of birds have been sighted here, along with the raccoons, opossums, skunks, coyotes and bobcats that have long been part of Silver Lake's ecosystem within the Reservoirs' area. Additionally, Silver Lake has been a vital link in the Pacific Flyway for 100 years, connecting bird habitats from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego in Patagonia. The Reservoirs’ quiet, protected expanse has provided life-sustaining food and rest to thousands upon thousands of migrating birds each year; among them, the Canada Goose, the Bank Swallow—an officially threatened species in California—as well as Buffleheads, Great Blue Herons, American Pelicans, American Wigeons, White-faced Ibis, Northern Pintail, and beloved Mallard Ducks. Silver Lake has one of the rare bodies of fresh water large enough to host many flocks alighting at once. Everyone who loves experiencing Silver Lake's nature will know that a Sanctuary will preserve the Reservoirs as a protected habitat for urban wildlife and a critical resting place for migratory birds. THEREFORE:We request that the City of Los Angeles and DWP immediately support the establishment of a Wildlife Sanctuary within the current boundaries of the Silver Lake Reservoirs, thereby protecting this precious place for the animals who make their homes here, and ensuring this tranquil oasis is preserved for the benefit of the community and the entire city. Note:• We are not requesting any city funds for this Wildlife Sanctuary.• We fully support the amenities that currently exist around the Reservoirs, such as the meadow, the walking paths, the dog park, the recreation center, the tots playground, the basketball courts, and the pocket park on Tesla. (While not an “amenity,” we also support the neighborhood Nursery School there.) ---------- MORE INFO: Silver Lake Wildlife Sanctuary

Silver Lake Wildlife Sanctuary
2,088 supporters