Praise Creation of Wildlife Refuge in Diminishing Bog Habitat

Bog turtle

Target: Jim Kurth, Deputy Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Goal: Support the creation of a wildlife refuge in a wetland mountain habitat.

A fragile wetland habitat, home to a variety of plant, animal, and endangered species, will now be preserved and treasured forever. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) declared this mountain bog habitat a wildlife refuge. The refuge will ensure that wildlife will have a safe home, away from the devastating effects of development and deforestation. This is a progressive initiative that will save the future of this rapidly declining wetland. Thank the USFWS for creating this special wildlife refuge.

Located in western North Carolina, the Mountain Bogs National Wildlife Refuge will be a 39-acre piece of federally protected land. The USFWS hopes to expand the refuge over more of the mountain bog’s natural region to a total of 23,000 acres. The Nature Conservancy donated this parcel of land to the USFWS, creating the 563rd national wildlife refuge in America. It is critical that the mountain bog area in the southeast is protected. Appalachia mountain bogs have faced a serious decline; less than 20 percent of this type of wetland habitat still remains.

Five endangered species live in the mountain bog habitat of North Carolina, such as the bog turtle, green pitcher plant, swamp pink lily, bunched arrowhead, and mountain sweet pitcher plant. However, these aren’t the only species that will benefit from this wildlife refuge. The area is crucial for migratory birds, wild game, and a variety of amphibians. The wildlife refuge might open up to the public for recreational activities but, for now, the area is strictly for wildlife due to its fragile and sensitive ecosystem.

This natural area is obviously crucial for wildlife but it also maintains our natural water cycle by regulating water. Acting like a natural sponge, wetlands hold flood waters and reduce the impacts of severe floods and droughts. By signing this petition, you are thanking the USFWS for declaring this special habitat a national wildlife refuge. This decision saves precious wildlife and preserves native land.


Dear Deputy Director Kurth,

Your decision to declare 39 acres of mountain bog land as a national wildlife refuge will save native plants and animals as well as maintain a healthy water cycle in the area. The land designated as Mountain Bogs National Wildlife Refuge is home to five endangered species, the bog turtle, mountain sweet pitcher plant, swamp pink lily, bunched arrowhead, and the green pitcher plant. Thank you so much for preserving North Carolina’s rapidly declining mountain bog habitat.

Due to the creation of the wildlife refuge, endangered species, as well as numerous other wild species, will be safe from development and deforestation. Furthermore, bogs are important as freshwater regulators and maintainers of biodiversity. I look forward to seeing the expansion of this wildlife refuge to thousands of acres of coveted bog habitat. Thank you so much for this initiative. I hope you continue to protect America’s diminishing native land.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters via Flickr

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