Don’t Rebuild Road That Threatens Endangered Grizzly Bears

Target: Vicki Christiansen, Chief of the United States Forest Service

Goal: Do not reconstruct road that threatens endangered grizzly bears, caribou and other wildlife.

A road that cuts directly through endangered grizzly bear territory will be reconstructed thanks to a recent decision made by the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. In addition to threatening grizzly bears, this Northern Idaho road will harm mountain caribou, Canadian lynx, and other wildlife in the Selkirk Mountains.

Bog Creek Road, which runs east-to-west along the Idaho-Canada border, was closed by the Forest Service in the 1980’s to protect grizzly bears, which are listed under the Endangered Species Act. The road is now overgrown with vegetation and is critical habitat for the bears and other sensitive wildlife. According to Brad Smith of the Idaho Conservation League, the road sits in the “highest-priority area for grizzly bear recovery in the entire Selkirk Mountains.”

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol argue that they need to restore the road to monitor border security, though they have provided no evidence of current threat. In response, five conservation groups sued the two federal agencies in fear of the impacts reconstructing the road will have on wildlife. Andrea Santarsiere, a senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity, said “Building a road through this pristine area of Northern Idaho would be an absolute disaster for already struggling populations of grizzly bear and caribou.” Sign below to demand the U.S. Forest Service reverse their decision to reconstruct the road and instead work to preserve grizzly bear and other sensitive wildlife populations.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Christiansen,

Decades of hard work to preserve grizzly bear populations could be reversed under your decision to reconstruct Bog Creek Road.

This road runs directly through vital habitat for grizzly bear, caribou, Canadian lynx, wolverine, and other important wildlife in the Selkirk Mountains. Reconstructing this road would be a waste of taxpayer dollars, as there are many other avenues the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol can access the border through if there is a perceived threat.

I demand that you halt the reconstruction of Bog Creek Road and instead work to increase security for grizzly bears and other wildlife.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Jean Beaufort

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  1. This land belongs to the animals.

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