Grant county commissioners, and the Forest Service are meeting to open up restricted roads in the Gila National Forest, and it has environmentalists worried.
The Center of Biological Diversity claims the proposed measure will critically endanger Gila's native wildlife, and plan to rally at the meeting.
They and other environmentalists argue opening up the forest will further endanger animals needing protection, including Mexican gray wolves. The Mexican gray wolf has been the subject of concern for some time.
Michael Robinson, Conservation Advocate for the Center of Biological Diversity, says increasingly harsh living conditions contribute to the wolves’ dwindling numbers.
“The primary threat is the very low population number and the continuing persecution of these animals. The numbers were just 58 wolves and only six breeding pairs in the wild last year, fourteen years after reintroduction began.”
A representative for the Forest Service, Art Telles says that the proposal for increased road access is one of many options, and denied that the process is any more than in the thinking stages.
The meeting will be held at 5:30 p., at the county building in Silver City on Monday Feb. 4.
This article was published on KUNM online on January 30, 2013 .
Don't let these misguided and irresponsible commissioners bully the Forest Service. Join the Center for Biological Diversity at a rally to protect the Gila's endangered wildlife.
Center for Biological Diversity
Rally to Protect Wildlife in the Gila National Forest
When: Feb. 4, 5:30 p.m.
Where: County Building at 1400 Highway 180 East, Silver City, N.M.
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