Protect Endangered Snail From Extinction

Target: Greg Sheehan, Acting Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Goal: Save endangered snail found only in a single, threatened forest.

An endangered snail in California is facing certain extinction due to human’s negative effects on the environment. The San Gabriel chestnut snail only survives in a small forest in California. It is unable to migrate to new habitat.

Pollution, climate change, deforestation, fires, and more are rapidly killing the very few remaining chestnut snails left. However, though they are small, their loss will have a big impact on our environment. Snails recycle nutrients, help the vegetation cycle, and spread seeds to different areas. They are also an important step in the food chain. Should they go extinct, the life cycle of plants and animals in California will be greatly impacted.

Every animal, no matter its size, should be protected from extinction. Currently, no protections for the chestnut snail exist. Sign the petition and ask that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service give the chestnut snail endangered species protection under the Endangered Species Act.


Dear  Mr. Sheehan,

The San Gabriel chestnut snail, which used to be found throughout the forests of California, is now confined to one small forest. Its numbers are dwindling due to pollution, climate change, forest fires, and deforestation.  Due to its ability to recycle nutrients, its loss will negatively impact the life cycles of plants and animals throughout the state.

Endangered species protection should not be defined by size. Every animal that is in danger of losing its entire population should be protected. I ask that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service bestow endangered species protection on the San Gabriel chestnut snail.


[Your Name Here]

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  2. Scientist say we are now in the 6 th mass extinction. As a general rule, the extinction of one is the extinction of the other.

  3. The huge fires of global warming are a challenge to your job. Fires are much smaller and less lethal in old growth forests that retain moisture and reduce under brush. These areas must be protected and allowed to expand. They are so important and may harbor this particular snail. If not, consider allowing browsers and grazers to grow in numbers to help keep brush down. We must find some safe harbor for these snails until humans are out of the picture. Please use your knowledge, creativity and position to help the environment and its inhabitants. We need your help in helping them!

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