Things you can do to help protect animals and the environment in your
community and state
 
Write to your local and state officials

A. Write your officials just to let them know these issues are important to you, urge them
to support animal rights and conservation.
B. Do not overlook sending a thank you if an official supports an issue important to you.
C. Vote for officials that are animal-friendly or have expressed environmental interests.
D. Pay attention to issues, bills, and politics that affect animals and the environment.
E. Be aware of activities that degrade your environment & take action to stop it!
 
    Possible Issues for Your Support:
    1. Safe Wildlife Passages: Success has been documented by the inclusion of wildlife passages
    along major routes and highways to allow for wildlife to safely cross these routes. “Roadkill” has
    been significantly diminished when these passages are incorporated, making the roads safer
    for humans, too, who are swerving less to avoid them.

    2. Animal Cruelty Laws: Cruelty of any kind is absolutely unacceptable behavior, and should not
    be tolerated in society, whether it is to human or animals. We have an obligation to address
    cruelty of any kind, and we need stronger penalties when violations are identified.

    3. Illegal dumping or environmental violations: We need harsh penalties including complete
    closure of companies or strong consequence for citizens found to be illegally dumping
    (especially of substances potentially toxic to the environment), filling or altering of wetlands,
    unauthorized ORV use (as previously mentioned), and a laundry list of other environmental
    violations that occur on a daily basis. No pay-offs or “we’re sorry” money, we need zero-tolerance
    policies!

    4. Support Land Trusts, Land Protection, and Land Conservation

    5. Strict enforcement and strengthening the regulations of the Wetlands Protection Act.
 
DO NOT USE ORVs/OHVs (Off-Road Vehicles/Off-Highway vehicles) in
unsanctioned areas or anywhere except
authorized trails

ORV/OHV (generally referred to as ORVs in this website) are designated as any vehicle
used over areas that are trails, marshes, and beaches; basically anyplace other than
public roadways. These vehicles include ATVs, dirt bikes, snowmobiles, etc.

There are established facts about the use of ORVs and their negative impact on our
environment. This impact ranges from the death of species by direct contact with the
ORVs (often crushing nests/eggs of turtles and other species struggling for survival), and
also includes water pollution, air pollution, soil erosion and destruction, overgrowth of
invasive species (they are the only plants that can survive such harsh conditions); and,
over time, a complete destruction of both the native plant’s and wildlife’s ability to live
within that environment. If ORVs riding is a problem in your area, call and write your town
officials and tell them you will not tolerate it!

Many resources can be found to further detail the negative effects of illegal ORV use on
our environment.
NO ORVs PLEASE!
 
Reduce your gasoline consumption and emissions
A. If looking for a new car, choose one that offers good gas mileage.
B. Drive as little as you can. Walk, bike, carpool, or use public transit when able.
C. Something as simple as keeping your tires properly inflated can improve your gas
mileage!
*Check your tires at least monthly for proper inflation.
D. Remove excess weight from your car to reduce the amount of fuel you use.
*Fast Fact: For every gallon of gas you save not only helps your budget, it also keeps 20
pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.
 
Bring your own reusable shopping bag with you to the store so you can avoid the use of disposable
shopping bags
 
Watch your butts!
It can take ten years for one cigarette butt to degrade. Cigarette butts are litter and can
cause many serious environmental problems. Many land and marine animals die annually
from mistakenly eating cigarette butts. Cigarettes tossed out of car windows are often the
cause of forest fires. Cigarettes should be extinguished in an ashtray and then disposed
of properly.
 
    Join a local organization
    Just about every community has one or more environmental organizations. It’s not hard to sign up, and when
    you have the time, you can volunteer for things that will clean up your community and make it a nicer place to
    live.