Thursday, January 31, 2013

Center for Biological Diversity Rally to Protect Wildlife in the Gila National Forest

The diverse wild animals and plants of the Gila National Forest urgently need your help. Radical anti-environmental county commissioners are trying to block off-road vehicle restrictions that protect the Gila's native wildlife.

On Feb. 4 the Southwest County Commission Alliance plans to meet in Silver City, N.M., to attack the Gila National Forest's Travel Management Planning process.

We need to stop this attack on our wildlife.

The Gila National Forest is home to critically endangered Mexican gray wolves, Mexican spotted owls, loach minnows and spikedace -- each a species in dire need of protection to survive.

The forest also has more than 4,500 miles of roads fragmenting habitat and watersheds -- enough to drive from Hawaii to the North Pole -- many of which are never used. The U.S. Forest Service plans to leave over 3,300 miles of those roads open to public use -- an excessive amount. But county commissioners don't want to see a single mile of road closed.

Don't let these misguided and irresponsible commissioners bully the Forest Service. Join the Center for Biological Diversity at a rally to protect the Gila's endangered wildlife.

Event details below:

What: Rally to protect wildlife in the Gila National Forest
When: Feb. 4, 5:30 p.m.
Where: County Building at 1400 Highway 180 East, Silver City, N.M.

Email Cyndi Tuell at for more information.

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