Thanks to longer and warmer summers, likely caused by climate change, pine beetles are killing more trees than ever. I am writing to urge you to take action and save our nation's beautiful and historic forests.
85% of Yellowstone's whitebark pine trees are gone. Without this keystone species, the land will suffer and the park's bears will have to search more campgrounds and parking lots for food, putting park visitors in danger.
It's not just Yellowstone. As of 2011, we had already lost 3.3 millions of acres of gorgeous pine forests in Colorado and 3.3 million more in Wyoming, plus 389,000 acres in South Dakota's Black Hills. The breathtaking Pacific Northwest is likely next.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has ruled that the whitebark pine should be called an endangered species, but they say they don't have the budget to protect it. That means it's "warranted but precluded" from an endangered listing, and the fight to save our forests goes unfunded.
These pine forests are one of America's crown jewels. Future generations deserve to experience them too! Congress needs to work with FWS, list whitebark pine as endangered, and fund the fight to save our forests from the pine beetles!
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A federal judge just ruled he can't make Congress save our disappearing pine trees from vicious beetles. The ruling will be appealed, but for now, it's up to you to push your elected leaders to act!