Public asked for input in Cleveland National Forest Management Plan update
provided by Center for Biological Diversity
he Cleveland National Forest is in the process of updating its manage- ment plan. This update is the result of a successful lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity (www.biologicaldiversity.org) against the US Forest Service for not consulting with the US Fish & Wildlife Service when drafting the management plan, as required by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This is required by the ESA to ensure that listed endangered and threatened species are afforded adequate protections.
The Cleveland National Forest needs your input and help. CNF has a wide variety of habitats; few areas in North America display such a diverse concentration of plants and animals. Many of these species are threatened with extinction from loss of habitat. In fact, San Diego County has more native, endangered and threatened species that any other county in the contiguous US.
Comprised of four parts in San Diego, Orange, and Riverside Counties, CNF is surrounded by a sea of sprawl. The urban pressures threatening the ecological functioning of these precious wildlands from the loss of buffering lands for habitat is enormous.
We need to voice our concern to the Forest Service that they adequately protect the endangered, threatened, and sensitive species with their concomitant native habitats and ecosystems. Please attend one or more workshops and write letters to the editor of your local newspapers letting your fellow citizens know of this important issue.
Thanks for your help!
Contact: Pandora Rose, (760) 789-8134. pandorarose_farmhotmail.com.
Cleveland National Forest Management Plan Update Workshops