By Steve Glazer

TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT WILD FORESTS: Write a Letter to the Editor

The Wild Forest Protection Plan to protect road-less areas in our National Forests needs your support.

In recent weeks, the Wild Forest Protection Plan has been facing increasing attacks in the media and on Capital Hill. It is essential that we continue to demonstrate broad public support for protecting our last wild forests.

Please take a moment to write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper expressing your support for a final policy that protects all wild forest road-less areas and urging your elected officials to support the plan. Use the sample below or write your own using local examples. If your letter is published, please mail a copy to: Sierra Club Wild Forest Campaign, 408 C St. NE, Washington DC 20002. Thank you.

Dear Editor,

This year, Americans have a historic opportunity to protect the last wild places in our National Forests. The Forest Service is currently considering an initiative that could protect 60 million acres of wild forest road-less areas in thirty-six states.

I treasure my National Forests as places to hike, explore, fish and picnic with my family. This plan could help ensure that there will still be wild forests for my great-grandchildren to explore. Wild forest areas also provide sources of clean drinking water and quality wildlife habitat. This plan could protect irreplaceable wild places like the Tongass National Forest in Alaska, the largest temperate rain forest on earth and home to grizzly bears and wild salmon.

But the timber industry, off-road vehicle groups and some Members of Congress are working to stall and defeat this initiative. Without the strong support of hundreds of thousands of citizens and our elected officials, this initiative will not survive these attacks. I urge my fellow citizens and all of my elected officials to publicly support a final policy that protects all wild forest road-less areas over 1,000 acres from all damaging activities.

Sincerely,

 

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