Protect Endangered Species from Invasive Land Development

Target: Robert R. Scott, Commissioner, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Goal: Protect endangered species habitats from destruction at the hands of developers.

Loose land development rules in New Hampshire may mean extinction for dozens of endangered species. From the cottontail to the box turtle, all could disappear from their native habitat forever. Demand their protection.

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services had long required developers to submit mitigation plans that would offset environmental harm their developments cause. However, this rule recently changed and is now looser than before. Now, projects are allowed to move forward if they do not jeopardize the “existence” of protected species. This definition is broad. Some developers have taken it to mean as long as they don’t cause extinction. However, conservationists know that the loss of one critical piece of habitat can quickly spiral toward the loss of an entire species.

Demand protection for the peregrine falcon, the elfin butterfly, the Canada lynx, and dozens of other species that call New Hampshire home. Demand that the Department of Environmental Services change their language and revert back to previous regulations that put species protection, not development dollars, at the forefront.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Commissioner Scott,

Developers are free to destroy vital habitats for endangered species due to the revised wording of your organization’s mitigation plan regulations. While before developers were forbidden from moving forward with projects if they could not offset their negative side-effects, now developers can build however they see fit as long as they don’t cause extinction.

However, extinction is not the result of one action. It is the result of many small actions left unchecked. Your new regulations put endangered species like the box turtle and the cottontail in more danger than ever before. I demand that you revert back to your original regulations and protect your state’s endangered species.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Larry D Moore




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2 Comments

  1. Animal have right too.Back off humans and stop destroying the planet and its inhabitants!

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