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Urgent Action Alert: Attack on Public Lands
- Last Updated: Monday, 13 February 2017 13:42
Our public lands in Washington state - the ones that belong to all of us - are under attack. On Tuesday, February 14, your legislators will be voting on a bill that will make it impossible for state agencies to protect existing and acquire new public lands. HB 1008 will force the state to sell off our existing public lands before we can acquire any new public lands. At a time when our population growth is bursting at the seams and preservation of green space and wild space is more important than ever, this is just plain short-sighted
Click here to contact your Representatives and tell them to vote NO on HB 1008.
As someone who cares about birds and other wildlife, you know that our public lands are home to hundreds of bird species and a wide variety of wildlife, some of which already face huge threats from development, climate change, and other human impacts. In many cases, state public lands provide critical breeding habitat for species fighting for survival such as the Snowy Plover, Streaked horned Lark, and the Marbled Murrelet.
At a time when healthy habitat is dwindling, we should be focused on protecting public lands, not selling them off or creating new barriers.
We must stop this legislation in its tracks. Email your Representative today and ask them to vote NO on HB 1008. Our public lands are just too important.