Don’t Harm Endangered Foxes With Housing Development

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.

PETITION LETTER:

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.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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5 Comments

  1. Seriously??? Stupid Americans! Quit breeding like flies, or build upwards not outwards, to house your burgeoning numbers, whilst wrecking the land and ecosystems within, all to accommodate only your self-serving, always-short-sighted desires! No one feels sorry for you, the way you’ve decimated everything in sight…and then have the arrogance to go after other countries’ resources to keep feeding your gross appetites for “MORE, MORE, MORE”!! I hope your borders ARE closed off under Trump – try and make it all on your own, when you’ve left yourselves NOTHING. Blind FOOLS!

    • Sheila Murphy says:

      Even though I am an American, I can have agree with you. We are blind fools. As a country, we are despicable in our runaway allegiance to the “almighty dollar”—leading to the destruction and decimation of our national resources, wildlife, and a large part of our population–those who, for whatever reason, are disadvantaged educationally and financially.

  2. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    Again humanity thinks it is superior to the rest of Gods creation, for the sake of money.
    The Bible repeatedly affirms that all creation participates in the praise of God, and each living thing has a part in God’s purposes.
    Baha’i Writings ~ “To the blessed animals, however, the utmost kindness should be exercised: the more the better it will be. Man is generally sinful and the animal is innocent”

  3. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared❗?

  4. Don’t breed more people !!

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