Don't poison endangered species while fighting fires!

Sometimes fighting the fire does more damage than the fire itself. When planes spray toxic fire retardent in the areas of forest fire, the chemical pollutes streams, kills plants, and jeopardizes wildlife, including endangered species. The United States Forest Service aims to stop this horrible practice and is seeking public comment on new laws to regulate the spraying of toxic spray fire retardent.

Combating forest fires with toxic chemicals is part of an overall program of fire suppression that damages forest health. Some species, like the red-cockaded woodpecker, require habitat that has been cleared by fire for the survival of their species. Tell the USFS you support tighter controls on such spraying.

We the undersigned support your proposed new laws to strictly regulate the spraying of toxic fire retardent. Fire suppression, generally, has led to sick forests and a loss of species that depend on fire as a natural expression of the earth's cycles. Wholesale spraying of toxic chemicals do more harm than the fire itself. This method of fighting fire is arrogant and puts human interests above the interests of all other sentient creatures with whom we share a planet. Please put a stop to spraying of fire retardents!

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