Saturday, January 28, 2017

Order to Sell Public Lands has been Written

The order to begin selling off public land has been given. Please contact your elected officials and urge them not to do this. The land will only be exploited for private gain, and this precedent puts the National Parks at risk.  

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/621?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22chamberActionDateCode%3A%5C%222017-01-24%7C115%7C1000%5C%22+AND+billIsReserved%3A%5C%22N%5C%22%22%5D%7D&r=5 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Congress Targets the Endangered Species Act

Congress wants to "roll back" protections currently guaranteed by the highly successful Endangered Species Act. This would undo decades of conservation work! Contact your Representative and tell them HANDS OFF!

National Audubon Opposes Scott Pruitt

This piece was written by David Yarnold, President of the National Audubon Society. http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/14232062

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Crosstown Parkway Bridge

The DEP (Florida Department of Environmental Protection) ability to issue the uplands easement is ruled by DSL-24.

DSL-24 says: If the land is state-owned conservation or recreation lands, such approval may not be granted if the use is incompatible with or contrary to the purposes for which the land was purchased or would diminish the ecological, conservation, or recreational values of the lands. [ED-19; 253.034, F.S.] DIRECTOR, DIVISION OF STATE LANDS. 

Ask Cheryl McCall how she can justifying the issuance of the uplands easement for the Crosstown Pkwy Bridge when it will be used for a purpose that is incompatible for which the land was purchased and would diminish the ecological, conservation and recreational values of the land.  The park is only 50 acres and the direct and secondary impacts will effect 30 acres.  Another 5 acres was used for an asphalt road to the new canoe/kayak launch.  That’s 70% of the Savannas Preserve Halpatiokee Trails.  The walking trails will be destroyed and new trails will not be put in.  There will not be any place to see the wildlife or wildflowers at this park.

1. Email/call Cheryl McCall, Chief, Bureau of Division of State Lands, FDEP. Tell her to deny the upland easement for the Crosstown Parkway Bridge waiting for approval.  Explain that you are adding your voice to the public protests and agency objections on record since the 1990s. Let FDEP know they are not only violating the public’s trust but are defrauding the taxpayers when they use these conservation lands for “incompatible purposes” to that which they were acquired. State that the bridge project will greatly diminish the ecological and conservation values of the land. The mitigation package counts for all alternative routes therefore FDEP must direct the choice of the least impacting alternative to state resources. Our PRESERVE State Parklands must be protected, not plundered.  Cheryl.MCall@dep.state.fl.us; 850-245-2739 (o), or 850-519-4017 (c).
2.  Email/call Alisa Zarbo at the US Army Corps. Urge her to do her job and protect Halpatiokee’s wetlands by denying any permits allowing their destruction for Route 1C of the Crosstown Parkway Bridge. Alisa.A.Zarbo@usace.army.mil, 561-472-3517.
3. Donate to the St Lucie Audubon Preserve Fund.  Mail your check to St Lucie Audubon, PO Box 12474, Ft Pierce FL 34979.  Note the memo: For Preserve Fund.

Thank You!  Let’s stand tall to protect what should already be protected!