The U.S. Forest Service is revising the 20-year plan for New Mexico's Gila National Forest, so now's the time to speak up for some of the Southwest's wildest landscapes. This plan will decide how all aspects of the Gila's
3.3 million acres of forests, grasslands and rivers will be managed for decades to come.
the Forest Service that the Gila is a national treasure and needs protection.
The Gila is the largest national forest in the Southwest, encompassing dramatic and beautiful landscapes from vast grasslands to aspen-covered mountains. It's home to more ponderosa pines than anywhere else in the region, as well as 13 kinds of plants and
animals listed under the Endangered Species Act.
Sadly the agency's draft plan sacrifices this treasure to powerful beef-industry interests, threatening iconic species like western yellow-billed cuckoos, New Mexico meadow jumping mice and Mexican gray wolves. Logging plans risk silencing the Mexican spotted
owl, and pollinators could be exposed to toxic pesticides across nearly the entire forest.
Act now to let the Forest Service know how much you love the Gila. Urge officials to revise the draft plan so that it gets cows out of our rivers, permanently rests overgrazed grasslands, and ends misguided restoration projects and old-growth logging.