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CVNWR Comment Period Now Closed

Nearly 300 people submitted comments through our site. Thank you for the great response!
Starting this winter, at least 30 to 40 acres of CVNWR a year could be commercially logged, and the possible techniques include clear-cutting. A presentation given by refuge staff on August 14th states that at least 10% of all refuge acres will be eligible for commercial harvesting, with another 10% subject to commercial and non-commercial timbering for early successional forest management. View the full powerpoint here.
In addition to the individual comments, several non-profits also participated. You can read the comments submitted by Defenders of Wildlife here.  Comments submitted jointly by Friends of Blackwater, the Highlands Conservancy and the WV Chapter of the Sierra Club are available here.

Comment on the Department of the Interior's Regulatory Rollbacks

The Secretaries of Interior and Commerce have proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) that will gravely threaten the country's ability to protect plants, fish, and wildlife from extinction.

The changes would have far-reaching impacts on species already listed and those awaiting protections.

When you click the button below, you will be taken to the Endangered Species Coalition page where you can learn more about the proposed regulatory changes and submit a comment. Friends of Blackwater is partnering with the coalition on this action.

Write A Letter To Your Representative

New Threats to the Endangered Species Act

Send a letter to your Senators asking them to support the Endangered Species Act.

The Endangered Species Act is a critical environmental law with a proven record of success. It has saved iconic American species from extinction, and has prevented the extinction of 99% of species listed. Unfortunately, this law is under attack from special interests who want to roll back protections. Please write to your legislators and let them know that you support the Endangered Species Act, and want them to reject any efforts to undermine it.

We're providing some suggested language at right, but feel free to edit and personalize your message. Why does the Endangered Species Act matter to you?

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