Target: Dan Ashe, Director, United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Goal: Obtain protection for rare black-backed woodpeckers under the Endangered Species Act
Recently, the Center for Biological Diversity and the John Miur Project of Earth Island Institute filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) over the agency’s failure to protect black-backed woodpeckers under the Endangered Species Act. In May 2012 the Center petitioned the FWS to protect woodpeckers inhabiting California, Oregon and the Black Hills of South Dakota. The agency responded with an acknowledgement that there is a need to conduct a full review of the bird’s status, yet has taken no action. Urge Dan Ashe, Director of FWS, to grant these woodpeckers protected status, before logging activities destroy all of their habitat and force them into extinction.
Black-backed woodpeckers live in a specific type of habitat, burned conifer forest. Known as “snag forest,” it is composed of standing dead trees in high densities, created after fires. The trees provide nesting space and large amounts of wood-boring beetle larvae for the woodpeckers to eat. This type of habitat is regularly destroyed by post-fire logging, which removes the dead trees the woodpeckers need for survival. The vast majority of this habitat is unprotected and open to logging.
Demand that these rare woodpeckers inhabiting California, Oregon and South Dakota be granted protection under the Endangered Species Act. Sign the petition below and help save them from extinction.
Dear Director Ashe,
In 2012 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recognized that the black-backed woodpeckers inhabiting California, Oregon and South Dakota faced serious threats to their survival. At that time the agency acknowledged a need to conduct a full review to assess the status of the woodpeckers, yet no action has been taken. Due to the agency’s inaction, the woodpeckers now face extinction in these areas, as their specific type of habitat is quickly being destroyed by logging activities.
I urge you heed the recommendation of the Center for Biological Diversity and the John Muir Project of Earth Island Institute, and protect the woodpeckers under the Endangered Species Act. The Forest Service recently proposed three massive logging projects in California that would destroy the woodpeckers’ habitat. Fires are essential for maintaining biological diversity in California’s Sierra Nevada ecosystem and logging in burned area causes significant harm to wildlife and forest.
Do not allow black-backed woodpeckers to become extinct in the name of capitalism. The Fish and Wildlife Service should honor its commitment to the animals it is supposed to protect, not give in to the logging industry and their lobbyists who value profit over the welfare of wildlife.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via Wikipedia