Over 7,000 people have signed an Earthjustice petition at change.org. The Forest Service has always insisted that commenting on NEPA documents is not a numbers game. Should it be? The agency insists that substantive comments carry more weight that mass mailings. Should they? What do these 7,000 signatures really mean?
PETITIONINGU.S. Forest Service
For nearly 30 years, some of the most prized and important waters and wildlife habitats have been protected by a federal rule that directs the management of our National Forests. But all of that could change with a proposed rule change that would leave wildlife and waters in peril.
Tell the Obama Administration and the Forest Service to strengthen – not weaken — this rule so that it guarantees protections for our National Forests.
In the United States, there are 155 National Forests, covering more than 190 million acres. National forest lands are the single largest source of drinking water in the nation, providing fresh water to some 124 million people. In addition to giving many of us the water we drink, our forests also are cherished grounds of our nation’s outdoor legacy.
Millions of Americans visit our National Forests each year to enjoy world-class hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, and recreation activities, and many millions more rely on them for safe drinking water. Don’t let the Administration give up these precious resources by weakening the federal regulations.
Let the Administration and Forest Service know that we won’t stand by as federal rules damage our National Forests.