Sign The Petition - Protect the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
The majestic Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, a jewel of the Northern Cascades, is facing a steady, unrelenting invasion from motorized vehicles.
Destructive dirt bikes and four-wheel ATVs are carving up this spectacular landscape -- endangering precious wildlife habitat, ruining peaceful world class recreation, and jeopardizing our water quality.
In the coming months the Forest Service will have the opportunity to protect the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest by recommending sensitive areas for Wilderness designation -- the highest level of protection possible.
Sign the petition and tell the Forest Service to do its job and recommend additional Wilderness designations for some of the Okanogan-Wenatchee's most critical and spectacular places.
Dear Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Supervisor Becki Heath and District Rangers,
Roadless lands in our National Forests provide some of the best habitat for rare, threatened and endangered species, such as spotted owls, lynx, wolves, grizzly bears and wolverines, and numerous amphibians, a singular asset for our great state of Washington. These wild lands also provide unmatched opportunities for our local, regional, and national communities to enjoy healthy, human-powered recreation.
Unfortunately, many of these pristine areas are being run down by dirtbikes, and other off-road vehicles that severely damage trails, fragment habitat and create excessive noise that impacts both wildlife and non-motorized recreationists. These areas also are vulnerable to mining, ill-advised thinning and salvage logging.
Only wilderness designation can provide full permanent protection. The Forest Service recognized the importance of wilderness protection for a small number of areas in your Proposed Action, but left out huge areas with high value and need for wilderness.
Please safeguard these remarkable places by adopting additional recommended Wilderness designation for these pristine roadless lands.
Among the specific roadless areas where additional designation should be recommended include: in the Golden Horn and other areas adjacent to the Pasaysten Wilderness, Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness Adjacent roadless areas, Tiffany Mountain., Entiat-Chelan and other areas adjacent to the Glacier Peak Wilderness, and Teanaway and other roadless areas adjacent to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
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