Friday, November 9, 2012

Urgent: Grizzly Bears Need Your Help

Dear Family and friends,
This is extremely important, so please take a minute or 2 to read it, and help save our grizzly bears! Please! Thank you!
Sent: Friday, November 09, 2012 5:38 PM
Subject: Urgent: Grizzly Bears Need Your Help

Sierra Club - Explore, enjoy and protect the planet

Dear William,

Protect the Shoshone National Forest and its Grizzlies

Take Action!

Take Action!

Right now, the fate of the Shoshone National Forest and its grizzly bears hangs in the balance. Oil and gas drilling and motorized trails threaten to ruin our nation's first national forest, located right on the eastern border of Yellowstone National Park.

The good news is we can protect this spectacular place, which is some of the best grizzly bear habitat in the entire Greater Yellowstone ecosystem.

Tell the Forest Service to protect the Shoshone's wild backcountry nature and keep it off-limits to oil and gas development and more motorized trails.

The U.S. Forest Service has developed a draft management plan for the Shoshone, which will determine the future of the forest for decades to come by defining where oil and gas drilling will be allowed, if more motorized trails will be developed, and whether any additional areas will be recommended for wilderness protection.

Roads and motorized trails destroy important habitat for grizzly bears and are a key factor in grizzly deaths each year in Greater Yellowstone. Additional roads and motorized trails will also diminish the natural beauty that makes the Shoshone so spectacular and that so many come to the forest to experience.

Submit your comments to the Forest Service today! We must act now -- we only have until November 26 to make our voices heard.

Grizzly bears need hundreds of square miles to survive -- to find food, mates and dens where they can raise their cubs before emerging each spring. For now, the Shoshone provides them with a home, but if these wildlands are carved up by more motorized trails or oil and gas drilling, the long-term survival of the Yellowstone grizzly bear could be in serious jeopardy.

This majestic country also provides some of the most inspiring and challenging recreational opportunities in the world, including backcountry hiking and camping, skiing, fishing and much more, all of which benefit the local economy.

Make your voice heard and together we can protect the iconic grizzly bears and our country's first national forest.

The Shoshone National Forest, still largely as wild and intact as it was 200 years ago, is one of the American West's greatest wild legacies -- let's keep it that way.

Thanks for all you do for our environment,

Bonnie Rice
Sierra Club Greater Yellowstone Campaign

P.S. Please share this important alert with your friends and neighbors. You can also help spread the word about this issue on your social networks:

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You can view the U.S. Forest Services Draft Management Plan for the Shoshone National Forest by clicking here.

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