The U.S. Forest Service has released its draft management plan and draft Environmental Impact Statement for Santa Fe National Forest. Unfortunately, it does not do nearly enough to protect New Mexico's wildlands, wildlife, water, and cultural heritage.Tell the Forest Service that you want to see more recommended wilderness areas and more consideration for wildlife and the environment in its management plan. A coalition of groups has proposed a 120,000-acre expansion of the Pecos Wilderness, which spans both the Carson and Sante Fe National Forests, and for greater protections for the Caja del Rio that ecompasses over 80,000 acres of lands.The Pecos Wilderness is home to centuries of culture and tradition, and is cherished by local communities and governments, nearby tribes and pueblos, acequia and land grant communities, sportsmen, and more. The Caja del Rio is home immense biodiversity and vulnerable cultural artifacts, including pictographs and petroglyphs. But the preferred management plan includes very little wilderness expansion and offers little protection for culturally sensitive areas.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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