We know Minnesotans treasure our wildlife from the loon to the trumpeter swan. We count on the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to manage state lands set aside for wildlife by state statute -- Wildlife Management Areas -- for WILDLIFE not logging. Right now, though, the DNR has a timber harvest plan that calls for too much logging, and in the wrong places, in many Wildlife Management Areas across Minnesota.
In a career risking move, 28 Wildlife Managers from within the DNR have sent a letter to the Commissioner urging her to make changes to the implementation of the DNR's Sustainable Timber Harvest Plan within Wildlife Management Areas. The Sierra Club is backing up these staff scientists with outside pressure to call on the DNR to listen to their own experts and manage lands for habitat first -- not logging! Help us keep the pressure on, send an email to the DNR Commissioner Strommen now. Add your personal story of what Minnesota wildlife means to you! A short sentence like: 'Please protect wildlife habitat so my grandchildren can see the same birds as I do' is all you need. (This makes a big difference in how your email is received by the agency!) Wildlife Management Areas provide 1.29 million acres of habitat across the state, and are a precious and valuable ecosystem for humans, vegetation, and wildlife. The proposed inappropriate logging of Wildlife Management Areas will have a negative impact on the species that depend on them, from moose to martins, and breaks faith with the millions of Minnesotans who have paid to acquire these lands. When the public invests in wildlife lands in Minnesota, it’s done in good faith, and with the expectation that wildlife production is the primary objective in the management of those lands. Help us remind DNR leadership of their duty -- email the DNR commissioner now.
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