Sample Essays

Hug Trees, Not Rvs or Omeeds…


US Forest Service Representative Roe:


Recently there has been a great controversy surrounding the use of off-road vehicles on public lands. In fact off-road vehicle use has been increasing since the 1980’s. There has even been a 44 percent increase in their use (1). This is a dangerous increase that will seriously impact Connecticut’s environment. Representative Roe, please help Connecticut limit the use of ORV’s on public lands because they damage the land and cause air pollution.


Representative Roe, one of the main reasons that we need your help is that these ORV’s  are hurting the state’s public lands. This is a beautiful state and we need to keep the land as clean as possible. The White House Council on Environmental Quality reported that, “ORV’s have damaged every kind of ecosystem found in the United States” (1). Clearly the rest of the country is concerned about this issue and it is time for Connecticut to get to work on this problem. Gayle  Joslin, biologist with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks says that ATV’s hurt areas where animals need to feed and rest. She also says that they “kill vegetation and cause soil erosion” (1). Mr. Roe, we obviously can not have this happening in our great state of Connecticut.







Representative Roe, along with hurting our lands, these ORV’s also cause toxic air pollution. This is bad for everyone and we must act now. Russell Long, Executive Director of Blue Water Network, a conservation group, says that snowmobiles are worst than cars from the 1950’s for emissions. He says, “a modern snow mobile emits roughly 225 times the carbon monoxide and 1000 times the hydrocarbons and nitrous oxides of a modern car”(2). These poisons do not belong in Connecticut’s air. People in Montana are really concerned about their air as well. Forest officials there talk about how the air in yellow stone national park has violated federal air quality standards (2).  I am in disbelief that this is happening in a national park.



Representative Roe, now is the time to act to limit the use of the ORVs on public lands.  They are hurting the land and our air.  Mark Williams, the Water Quality Coordinator for Boulder, CT, says that ORVs are noisy, smelly, and hurting the water supply out West (3).  Well, I’m afraid of the same thing happening here.  ORV use is estimated to get towards 118 million visits in 2020 from only 5.3 million in 1979 (3).  We have to stop this increase now by limiting those machines in our beautiful state.  It is not too late to get this done.  Please get the state legislature involved in helping us limit their use.


Thank you so much for your time and consideration.




A Concerned Student


Sample 2

Dear US Forest Service Manager Fulton:

Recently there has been a great controversy over the issue concerning the use of recreational vehicles on public lands. Off-road vehicle (ORV) use on public lands has increased since the 1980’s, according to the state of Connecticut. In fact, there has been a 43.8% increase in the number of Americans driving ORV’s according to the National Survey on Recreation and the Environment (1). The more ORV’s the more problems will occur on public lands. Manager Fulton, I want you to help limit the use of these destructive ORV’s on public lands because they damage the land and cause air pollution.


Manager Fulton, one of the reasons I want you to limit these highly destructive ORV’s is because they damage the land. These ORV’s can go anywhere on public lands and often go on lands where the wildlife and animals will be endangered. These riders need to be aware of all of the bad things that can come from their limitless riding. Gayle Joslin, a biologist with the Montana department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks says, “ATV use…is killing vegetation and causing soil erosion…We also have habitat fragmentation… and the spread of weeds, and that impacts the wildlife” (1). Clearly, ORV’s are damaging our land and this can be stopped. The White House Council on Environmental Quality released a report saying, “ORV’s have damaged every kind of ecosystem found in the United States” (1). Even the White House is getting involved in limiting ORV’s. Manager Fulton, please help Connecticut get involved so that our lands are safe from damage.


Along with hurting the land, these ORV’s also pollute the air, which is another clear reason to limit them. There are enough problems with pollution in the United States, please do not let ORV’s become an additional problem. Russell Long, an executive director of Bluewater Network, an environmental group says, “A modern snowmobile emits roughly 225 times the carbon monoxide and 1,000 times the hydrocarbons and nitrous oxides of a modern car” (2). Carbon monoxide is clearly dangerous to our health and the health of the forests. There is no place in our air for deadly poisons. Long continues to say that snowmobiles pollute the air with their noise and they are dirtier than 1950’s automobiles. In fact Yellowstone park has “violated Federal air quality standards” (2). The fact that a national park has unsafe air makes me very concerned. I hope that you share these concerns with me.


Manager Fulton, it is essential to limit the use of ORV’s in our public lands. You know that these awful machines are hurting our land and air. Mark Williams, water quality coordinator for the Boulder County Health Department says, “ORV’s are noisy, smelly annoyances [that are] sullying the water supply” (3). Colorado is known for its outdoor adventure activities, and this destruction is ruining their natural beauty. Please Manager Fulton, do not allow this to happen in Connecticut. Please help me to ensure that there will be a limit on the land and terrain that can be used by the ORV’s in our state and our country. It is not too late to protect Connecticut.


Thank you for your time,

Sincerely, Rae Fulton




Source: Dr. Michael Fulton, Writing Consultant, Staples High School