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“There can be no greater issue than that of conservation in this country.” –Theodore Roosevelt, 1912
Everyone has a story to tell. How are changes in your local wildernesses, parks and special places affecting you and your community? What special places do you think should be saved forever? What natural treasures do you value in your own community and want to pass on to the next generation? Share your story -- speak up for nature to help save the places we love!
I live about a half mile from beautiful Lake Michigan, and just across the street from Spring Lake. I enjoy the nature trails and beaches along Lake Michigan, and love watching amazing sunsets over the Lake. Lake Michigan is a place (freshwater lake) that I deeply treasure.
Also nearby, Eagles started nesting about four years ago on private land-which consist of many acres of which is just a "stones throw" away from Lake Michigan. For about two years the Eagles kept close to the private land, and it was kind of rare to see one. Just in the past year or two the Eagles have ventured out of the private land, and they have made a great come-back. Lately, it's common to see the majestic Eagle soaring nearby. It's a sight to behold!!
Unfortunately, lately, I've been concerned that this beautiful nature won't be beautiful for long...there's a nearby coal (energy plant) of which pollution rolls out of it's stack on a nearly a daily basis. This coal "pollution stack" is only yards away from the Eagles habitat.
When I wash my vehicles there's almost always a black substance that I notice on my car wash mitt...it's from the energy (coal plant-pollution stack). If I open our windows in the house (thinking I'm getting fresh air coming in)- I've even noticed the black substance on my floors when I wash them after I've opened the windows in the house!! Now that's scarey!! My daughter has asthma, the coal "pollution stack" doesn't help any! And I just wonder if anybody else in this area realizes that we have dangerous pollution in our air from this coal plant. And I also worry how this will affect the wildlife here.
Then we have the Grand River, which usually has run-over sewage floating in it, which is quite visible from the "plume" it spews out into Lake Michigan. It's very sad to have to see what's happening to our beautiful lakes and rivers, which also has an affect on our wildlife.
I've lived in this are all of my life, and I remember "back in the day" - enjoying the "clean" Lake Michigan, and watching the wildlife... back then, I would have never guessed there would ever be such horrible pollution as there is these days!! I just want our air and waters clean as they were "back in the day"-to enjoy...instead of worrying about pollution.
I hope sometime soon that somehow this pollution will stop & the damage can be reversed. I want my kids, and there kids to enjoy the beautiful natural sights here, like I did so many years ago.
We need to save the last untouched Florida coastline from highrise condo's that hug our shoreline. Places like where I live in Flagler Beach, FL.
Boynton Beach, Fl.
San Francisco and Sonora Calif
I ama lucky person. I live in two beautiful places. I grew up in San Francisco, and still work and live there. I have seen many positive things happen in San Francisco in the last 20 years. We now see wildlife in the city on a regular basis. There are coyotes and deer living within our natural places - our parks and shoreline. Protecting our wild and natural places within the boundaries of San Francisco is important to all of us who live here. I believe SF is moving in the right direction.
Sadly, however, I also have a home in Sonora Ca, in the county of Tuolumne. Things there are not so good. The county fathers are hell bent to develop every vacant lot and turn every open field into a strip mall or shopping center. Tuolumne County has a limited supply of water, yet the County continues to allow development. The county also promotes logging as a means of "fire control" yet the clear cutting leaves behind slash which creates a fire hazard. The bare hill sides then cannot hold the rain and snow melt which runs off creating erosion and clogging our creeks and streams.
Tuolumne County needs help. Our State Water Control Board seems to have no influence over counties. I have seen permits issued for homes and developments on land which is unsuitable for septic systems of development.
I hate seeing those humangous homes go up at the sacrifice of woods and forests, lakes and streams. we have beautiful waters that get polluted with fertilizer and human waste materials.
Garbage accumulates and land fills get polluted too...
I LIKE TO SEE THINGS TAKEN CARE OF NOT ABUSED OR TORN DOWN FOR NO GOOD REASON.
We need our farm land and natural places. It is essential for life now and for the generation to come.