Petition: Tell the U.S. Forest Service to Not Allow Economic Interests Override the Well-Being of Our Ecosystems

Petition: Tell the U.S. Forest Service to Not Allow Economic Interests Override the Well-Being of Our Ecosystems

In a shocking disregard for environmental conservation, the U.S. Forest Service greenlit a gold mining exploration project in California’s pristine Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Had it not been reversed by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the decision would have threatened the existence of unique and endangered species – some that are not found anywhere else on Earth.

This situation shows an alarming failure in the U.S. Forest Service’s duty to protect its nation’s natural heritage.

Sign this petition to demand the U.S. Forest Service commit to rigorous environmental assessments and stop cutting corners in their decision-making processes!

Despite the project’s significant risks to unique species in the area, like the Sierra Bighorn Sheep and the Black Toad, the Forest Service seemed to have complete disregard for the National Environmental Policy Act.

By sidestepping essential environmental reviews, the Forest Service not only jeopardized delicate ecosystems but also set a dangerous precedent.

Thankfully, the court’s decision reaffirms the importance of full and thorough environmental assessments, reminding us that these protective measures are not mere formalities but essential safeguards for our planet’s biodiversity.

It is imperative that the U.S. Forest Service learns from this failure and prioritizes environmental conservation and sustainability in all future projects. However, this situation shows just how necessary public accountability is.

Sign this petition to ensure that the U.S. Forest Service upholds the highest standards of environmental protection and does not allow economic interests to override the well-being of our ecosystems and the species that depend on them!

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This article by Mathew Davis was first published by One Green Planet on 20 June 2024. Image Credit :Tyler Olson/Shutterstock.

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