Cibola National Forest has released its draft management plan and draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Unfortunately, it does not do nearly enough to protect New Mexico's wildlands, wildlife, and water.Tell the U.S. Forest Service that you want to see more recommended wilderness areas and more consideration for wildlife and the environment in their management plan. A coalition of groups has proposed a nearly 300,000-acre expansion of Wilderness areas, and less than 10 percent of that total is included in the Cibola’s preferred forest-management plan. The preferred management plan leaves wildlife and our public lands vulnerable to development operations like mining and logging that will cause irreparable harm to our natural ecosystems.Expanding the existing Wilderness areas within the national forest would open up more opportunities for outdoor recreation, protect migratory routes that wildlife depend on, and is the best way to capture carbon emissions contributing to climate change.Please submit a comment to forest officials and tell them you want to see more recommended wilderness areas and more consideration for wildlife and the environment. Make sure to personalize your comment and state why expanding wilderness is vital. Please add a few words of your own to the subject line and message -- personalized messages are far more effective. The deadline to submit comments is Nov. 7. Thank you!
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