Target: Kathleen Krause, Clerk of the Kern County Board of Supervisors
Goal: Stop building a housing development that will destroy the endangered San Joaquin kit fox’s natural habitat.
Kern County officials have approved plans to build an 8,000-acre housing development on land that is home to 36 species of rare plants and animals, including the endangered San Joaquin kit fox. The Grapevine Project development will also block the last remaining wildlife corridor between the Tehachapi Mountains, the Coastal Range, and the San Joaquin Valley. Plus, the development will take up to 3.25 billion gallons of water a year from the Kern River, harming both the humans and animals that live in the drought-stricken San Joaquin Valley.
There are currently fewer than 7,000 San Joaquin kit foxes in the wild, and that number is declining. The foxes historically lived throughout the San Joaquin Valley, but oil and gas drilling and rampant building of housing developments caused the foxes to lose most of their territory. Now, they only have a few areas of grassland on the peripheries of San Joaquin Valley left to call home. To bring back its population, the San Joaquin kit fox needs more protected areas, and the Grapevine Project development will take away one of the animal’s last remaining habitats.
The San Joaquin Valley does not need another sprawling development that will destroy local wildlife and make the area’s air pollution worse. Sign this petition to urge the Kern County Board of Supervisors to stop this development to save the already endangered San Joaquin kit fox.
Dear Mrs. Krause,
I’m writing to urge you to stop the building of the Grapevine Project development. This development will harm 36 species of plants and animals, including the endangered San Joaquin kit fox. There are only 7,000 of these foxes left in the wild, and much of their natural habitat has been destroyed by oil and gas drilling and rampant building. The area where the Grapevine Project will be built is one of the few remaining natural habitats the foxes have left. Destroying it could be devastating for the animals.
The Grapevine Project will also be harmful for the residents of the San Joaquin Valley. The project will use 3.25 billion gallons of water a year in the already drought-stricken area. The development will also generate approximately 500,000 metric tons of carbon pollution per year, violating the California Environmental Quality Act.
The San Joaquin Valley does not need another development that will lead to increased air pollution and destruction of animals’ habitats. For the good of both the people and the animals of San Joaquin Valley, please stop the development of the Grapevine Project.
[Your Name Here]
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