Colorado’s West Elk Wilderness has been under federal protection since 1964, and it’s not hard to imagine why. It’s home to thousands of elk and deer, as well as the rarer black bear and lynx. Its many mountain passes lead to secluded and seldom-seen valleys filled with beaver ponds and lined with trembling aspen that turn a fantastic and indescribable gold in September. Protected lands like these are part of what makes America great.
Now, Trump’s Interior Department and Forest Service are prepared to let the second largest U.S. coal producer devastate these lands -- unless we can stop them.
If Arch Coal’s permit is granted, the company will be allowed to rip out 17 million tons of coal next to Colorado’s iconic West Elk Wilderness. Thousands of acres of unique ecosystem would be damaged in the process. Now is the time to push back against this terrible plan and defend our National Forests.
The Forest Service public comment period on Arch’s proposal is open until July 24th. Let’s make sure the official record shows the truth -- the American public wants to protect our public lands, not sacrifice them to the coal industry.
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