Tongass National Forest is the largest forest in the United States located on the southeast Alaskan Panhandle; it is 17 million acres of beautiful, untouched scenery that is home to thousands of animals. In the forest mountain goats, bald eagles, brown/black bears, moose, wolves and sitka black-tailed deer. In water, there are humpback and minke whales, orcas, dall and harbor porpoises, sea otters, stellar sea lions. As well as halibut and all five species of Pacific Salmon, including Chinook Salmon.
Currently, the United States Forest Service (USFS) is currently doing projects that will harm all animals from 4/01/15 - 6/30/15; they're about to start the Big Thorne Project on 4/08/15 - A "project" that logs from old-growth areas. They also plan to build a restroom facility near the Chinook Salmon's home (which will cause deadly run-off from the waste) and an airport (which will destroy the peace). I am concerned that they will soon decide to extend to as long as 2018 if nothing is done soon.
I started this petition because it is time to give animals justice. Animals literally have NO HOMES, due to humans - Whenever they travel to an area with people they are caught, poisoned, shot or euthanized. Sometimes they are even hunted in their own homes or are killed from manmade brush fires. It is time to make Tongass National Forest a protected sanctuary for animals of Alaska.
Please sign my petition and tell the USFS to leave these forests ALONE and to make this the HOME of animals so no more animals will be killed due invading communities or human-populated area.
Secretary Tom Vilsack:
We the undersigned demand that you immediately halt all projects that will endanger the pristine beauty of the Forest and homes of animals. Tongass National Forest is one of the most beautiful parks in Alaska and the largest forest in the United States. It is home to many endangered animals including Minke Whales, Bald Eagles, wolves and Humpback Whales.
These projects will not only cause water pollution, but will be speeding up the effects of Global Warming due to the removal of acres of trees at Tongass Forest. Many animals are euthanized, shot, poisoned or transferred to zoos for walking in human communities. By destroying Tongass Forest, this would also be taking away the few homes left that these animals could ever survive in the Alaskan wilderness.
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We urge you to stop these projects and to take appropiate action, by protecting Tongass National Forest and making it an appropiate boundary for Alaskan Wildlife to keep them from traveling into human-populated areas.
Thank you for your consideration.
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