Petition to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Keith Weaver, Scott E. Bennett
Save the historic Big White River Bridge!
What We're Trying To Do and Why: The Friends of the Historic White River Bridge at Clarendon is a 501(c)3 non-profit that came together in 2014 around the cause of saving the historic Big White River Bridge for two reasons: It is a national treasure (listed on the National Register of Historic Places maintained by the U.S. Department of Interior), a gorgeous landmark worthy of preservation (see video) It will play a vital role as part of a larger effort to develop outdoor and eco-tourism in the Arkansas Delta, a region that is simultaneously one of the most beautiful and the most poor in the United States. Specifically, our mission is to adapt the historic bridge for use by cyclists, hikers, pedestrians, and wildlife / bird watchers, so that it can serve as a vehicle for tourism-based economic development in the Arkansas Delta. If successful, the converted bridge will be one of the longest and most scenic pedestrian and cycling bridges in the United States, as well as one of the longest elevated bird viewing platforms in the world, complete with spectacular viewing afforded by the Mississippi Flyway of migratory birds which hourglasses to its narrowest point in this area. What We've Done So Far: With the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department on the verge of letting bids to demolish the bridge (in fulfillment of an agreement made with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service that enabled them to build the vehicle bridge that replaced the historic bridge), the Friends of the White River Bridge filed suit. What We're Asking: All we are asking is that these agencies conduct the proper studies and analyses to ascertain whether the destruction of this magnificent landmark serves a greater good or would be a tragic mistake based on outdated and/or incomplete information. [See "The Details" section at the very bottom if you want the full scoop] Specifically, we are petitioning the following agencies to take the following actions to ensure this vital decision is made with the best possible information in hand: ITEM 1: Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department (AHTD): Commit to the preservation of the entirety of the historic White River Bridge (per the provisions of USC Title 23, Chapter 1, Section 144(g) and the Arkansas Historic Bridge program) – including the still extant western and eastern approaches – should either of the following occur: AHTD is relieved of its obligation to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to demolish the bridge, OR... AHTD learns after conducting the proper study on the impact of the demolition of the bridge on bicycling that a sufficiently negative impact will result ITEM 2: Cache River National Wildlife Refuge / U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: Commit to release AHTD of its obligation to the demolish the historic White River Bridge should either of the following occur: An updated hydrological study reveals that the demolition of the historic Bridge is not ecologically necessary, OR... It is determined by a proper study and analysis that the demolition and removal of the historic Bridge may negatively affect the threatened Rabbitsfoot mussel or its designated critical habitat Bottom Line: Given the tremendous enthusiasm for saving the historic bridge, the irreparable harm that would come from its destruction, the enormous potential upside to the region if the bridge is adapted as planned, and the lack of any urgent need to demolish the bridge, we ask that the relevant agencies simply take their time, conduct the proper studies with an open mind, and make every reasonable effort to accommodate those who wish to preserve this magnificent structure and enable it to enrich the lives of all who encounter it. ===========================================OPTIONAL READING: The Details: The basis of our case is built on three arguments, all of which have merit: Change of Circumstances: Hydrology – The argument for removing the bridge is primarily based on an outdated and obsolete hydrology study conducted in 2003. As part of construction on the new bridge, a lengthy berm (which was highlighted in the original study as the primary cause of water flow concerns) was removed. Our position is that the removal of the berm has created such a substantial change in water flows that a new hydrology study is required. If the problems that demolishing the bridge were intended to solve have already been solved, there's no reason to move forward. The U.S. Geological Survey, who did the original hydrology study, has indicated that a new study would make sense. Change of Circumstances: Endangered Species – The Rabbitsfoot mussel, which occupies the White River, was listed as a threatened species in 2013. In 2015, the area in the vicinity of the historic bridge was designated as critical habitat for the Rabbitsfoot mussel. When the plans were originally made to demolish the historic bridge after constructing the new one, these environmental issues were not considered. A quick subsequent study was done, but it is our contention that this study was inadequate. Violation of State Law: Impact on Bicycling Was Not Considered – Ten years ago when the Highway Department considered alternatives to tearing the bridge down, it never considered the impact on bicycles even though Arkansas law required it to do so. So not only should this obligation be fulfilled, but given the growth in bicycling regionally and nationally, revisiting this crucial obligation is simply the right thing to do.
Petition to Mayor Wayne Messam, Miramar FL, City of Miramar Commissioners
Stop the planned destruction of 120 acre wetland forest in West Miramar, FL
Florida has lost over 100,000 acres of wetlands in the last few years. We are determined to save the wetlands in our neighborhood, more specifically the 120 acres of land located at the southwest corner of Bass Creek Road and SW 172 Avenue in Miramar. This area is teaming with threatened and endangered wildlife that must be protected. Lennar Construction has filed an Application for Land Use Plan Amendment (#1502812) to develop 385 (modified from 537) single-family residential units on this land. This proposed development will erase 120 acres of existing natural wildlife habitat and surrounding wetlands. This pristine area is now home for dozens of threatened and endangered animals such as osprey, heron, key deer, turtles, and exotic plant-life. destroy a fragile wetland-forest eco-system that reduces green-house gasses, and is essential to preserving our drinking water, add over 1000 cars to our already congested and dangerous roadways and add further delays to the response time of our Emergency Responders Sign this petition - - tell Mayor Wayne M. Messam and the City of Miramar Commissioners to reject proposed land use plan amendment #1502812, and convert this area into an environmentally “impact positive” nature preserve and education center. Please also make a comment about why it's important to you!
Petition to Charlie Norman, Maury County Parks and Rec
Save Chickasaw Trace from Landfill Expansion!
Chickasaw Trace in Columbia TN, is a seasoned 8.3 miles of nuanced single track that delivers some challenges but appeals to all skill levels of Mountain Bikers. Many in the MTB Community know it from the TBRA races, NICA races, or the Jailbreak Triathlon. This Trail hosts HUNDREDS of racers If you've had the opportunity to shred this gem, you have probably noticed that it shares the property with a landfill. Due to Chickasaw's co-op with this disposal, the trail and Columbia Cycling Club are faced with an obstacle. Unfortunately, Chickasaw is at risk of losing a large portion to the landfill. They are attempting to bulldoze the entire Trail of Tears portion of the trail. This would remove a large middle section of trail. Rejoining it would be very difficult and it would take months, if not years, to complete. And if you are familiar with the trail, you are aware that this is one of the best sections. In efforts to contest this conundrum CCC is asking for some support. 1st) SIGN THIS PETITION 2nd) COME TO THE MEETING: There is a meeting at the courthouse in Columbia, Monday, May 1 at 4:30 PM to deliberate the issue (Property Assessor's Office). There will be some SORBAmidTN leadership there as well as Columbia Cycling Club leadership present to make an argument. If you are one of those people, like myself, that holds this trail close to your heart, your presence is welcomed. 3rd) WRITE A REVIEW: If you look up Columbia TN on Trip Advisor, and click on Things To Do, Chickasaw Trace Park is rated the 2nd best thing behind visiting the Polk Home. This is based on 11 persons who have rated it(now 61..THANK YOU!). It would be beneficial to Chickasaw to make this more significant and add to those numbers. This rating might help save the trail from being converted to a trash pile. Thanks for your help!
Petition to Sport Malta, Ministry for education
Grant Free Access to Outdoor Basketball Courts
The issue Although there is a considerable interest in pick-up basketball in Malta, it has become practically inexistent on the island. Furthermore, all the efforts to revive and develop pick-up basketball are just in vain due to the lack of open courts, the difficulties & expenses related if individuals were to even try and book the existing outdoor courts. The idea To mitigate this situation, a good start would be to find an understanding and officially establish for the general public, free access to the basketball Courts in Marsa Sports complex at least the week ends or better; from Friday afternoon till Sunday evening. Even better... Further actions could be to follow Verdala International School's example and during weekends or outside school/working hours, grant free access to outdoor basketball courts in least one school per town. The facts Although Malta has fascinating weather which allows people to practice physical activities outdoors all year long, Almost all outdoor basketball courts are closed behind fences and are not freely accessible by the population. The entry is either denied, or you may face being expelled by a warden or the police If you manage somehow to access the court and play without an authorization obtained via a club. This policy has seriously impeded the existence of social basketball/street basketball, as well as its horizontal and vertical development. What are we missing Pick up basketball by its nature is open to all genders, age groups, social classes and levels of the game. Unlike basketball clubs, academies or training camps, there is no prerequisite to join in. Therefore, there is a chance for everyone to enjoy and even improve irrespectively of the physical abilities, financial or social statuses. And, if there is at least one open outdoor court in each town, there won't even be a distance issue. Note that organizations or individuals trying to set-up street-ball tournaments, or free training groups struggle and many times have given up. This, because without open outdoor courts, it is hard to find pick up players and without pick up/outdoor players it is impossible to run real outdoor competitions or trainings. Allowing free access to those courts at least the weekends, will definitely mitigate these issues and with time, create more opportunities for the development of free outdoor physical activities in general and basketball in particular. The hope The good news is that there is no need to build brand new basketball courts: They already exist and many remain unused especially outside school/working hours. There is a rise in the number of people willing to play basketball socially, improve their skills, or just have active family or friends bonding time playing basketball outside of their school/working hours. Unfortunately, there is no open court where they could just go and do so. Therefore we hope and call the relevant authorities to grant free access to at least one outdoor basketball court per town starting with the ones in Marsa sports complex.
Petition to Bloomington, MN City Council, Tom Landwehr - Commissioner - Minnesota DNR
Stop the plan to put a paved trail in the Minnesota River Valley between the Bloomington Ferry Bridge and the Old Cedar Avenue Bridge.
Many of us are concerned about the future of the trails that currently exist along the banks of the Minnesota River. We would like to see these trails preserved in their current natural state, improved and expanded into a network of natural surface trails. Please read the following statement and consider adding your name in support. The petition will be presented to the various government land managers and elected officials who will soon be deciding the fate of the river trails. STATEMENT OF SUPPORT: We believe that the Minnesota Valley Trail from the vicinity of Old Cedar Avenue to the former Bloomington Ferry Bridge trailhead should be designated, developed and preserved as a natural surface multi-use trail open to hiker, runners, cyclists and nature lovers. The only needed improvements to the already existing natural surface trail should be restroom facilities as well as bridges, culverts and boardwalks to provide environmentally acceptable stream and drainage crossings. Some minor re-routing and surface maintenance work may also be required to minimize rutting, erosion and pothole formation in the trail surface. Improving and maintaining the existing natural surface trail would have almost no environmental impact and there would be only minimal costs associated with such a trail. We believe that a natural trail would be more appropriate for the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge and more in keeping with the activities of the users of the entire area. This area is subject to periodic severe flooding and any asphalt, graded gravel or crushed limestone surface would require frequent and expensive re-building with adverse effects on the Refuge and the environment.
Petition to Tom Casperson
STOP FOREST CLEAR CUTTING IN UPPER MICHIGAN
This petition is regarding Lumber Sale Number: 12-064-16-01 (Bear Camp SBW) The Picture above is the Forest Scheduled to be CLEAR CUT, it is growing lush and green, hardly a forest devastated by the bud worm. Michigan's DNR is CLEAR CUTTING/DE-FORESTING Thousands of Acres of Public Lands in Upper Michigan in the name of PROFIT. They claim that they need to clear cut harvest the lumber while there is still value. I understand that the spruce bud worm damages balsam fir and may also damage and feed on black spruce, tamarack, pine and hemlock trees when they are in stands with balsam fir or white spruce, but these species generally suffer less damage. I see no reason why the DNR is CLEAR CUTTING: ASPEN, BIRCH, CHERRY AND MAPLE. There is NO reason for this type of Deforestation in the year 2016. There are many ways to manage the forest other than CLEAR CUTTING it just takes a little thought and a comprehensive plan. The Real Value in Michigan's Forests is not the timber value but rather in their beauty and what that beauty brings. CLEAR CUTTING Michigan's Forests may put some short time money in the states pocket but in the long term it will cost the State (especially in the U.P.) millions of dollars in lost tourism, and hunting and fishing revenues, not to mention the lost beauty for generations of Michigan Property Owners. The deforestation of this area will also diminish the Property Values of all property owners as we depend upon hunting, fishing and beauty of Upper Michigan to bring Hunters, Fisherman, Boaters, Tourism for the Colors etc... I want be able to enjoy the beauty of Upper Michigan with my children and grandchildren to in a natural forest with large trees not just new growth pine trees and brush which resembles a tree farm. Deforestation also lowers the animal population in the natural forest environment and forces deer, bear, etc.. into populated areas where they can become a nuisance and cause real property damage thus costing farmers and residents thousands of dollars each year. Wildlife in populated areas also causes many auto accidents and even the loss of pets from coyotes and wolves. All I am petitioning the Michigan State DNR to take the time to conduct Responsible Forest Management and not to CLEAR CUT the forest. There is no reason for the removal of hardwoods and/or ASPEN, BIRCH, CHERRY and MAPLE trees do to Spruce Bud Worm damage. The DNR can easily re-write the bid specifications and leave the hardwoods and other trees unaffected by the spruce bud worms. The Forest that you are about to CLEAR CUT is the year round home to many Deer, Moose, and Black bears, Grouse, Woodpeckers and many other animal and bird species and without this forest they will be gone for several generations. Sportsman, Nature Lovers, Environmentalists, and anyone who just enjoys the Natural Woods, Please endorse this petition. Sincerely, David Rassel
Petition to Jay Inslee, Washington State Legislators, Brian Blake, Brady Walkinshaw, Kirk Pearson, Brian Dansel, Washington State Senate, Washington State House, Vincent Buys, Bruce Chandler, Tom Dent, Joan McBride, Steve Tharinger, Jim Honeyford, Derek Stanford, Karen Keiser, Kevin Ranker
Save Blanchard State Forest from Clearcutting
Blanchard State Park is a staple of outdoor recreation in Bellingham, WA (Whatcom County), known for it's hiking of Oyster Dome, horse back riding and mountain biking trails. The park is also the only place in Washington state where the Cascade Mountains meet the Salish Sea and is key for habitat connectivity. Locals and tourists from all over the world come to see the spectacular views from Osyter Dome and would also be severely missing out if all the trees around were reduced to stumps. Department of Natural Resources is currently lacking the funds of $7.7 million that it needs in order to protect a 1,600 acre plot of land within the Blanchard State Park which contains Osyter Dome, two backyard ponds, several trails and back country campsites. With the deadline approaching, the DNR is needing that $7.7 million in order to complete the Blanchard Forest Strategy agreement. DNR needs the funds in order to purchase replacement lands or else they will have to log in that special area. We (locals and visitors from around the world) need Washington State Legislation to provide the $7.7 million funding in the 2016 Supplemental Capital Budget Bill in order to preserve such a special part of nature.
Petition to Kathleen Canestrino, David Simms
Dog Park in Hackensack
Hackensack is known to be the city in motion, but has fallen behind the curb in becoming pet friendly. There is no park in Hackensack that has a dog park. Dog parks provide space for dogs to exercise, without the restriction of a leash, allows local dog owners to connect, establishing a stronger community and can bring more traffic to local businesses. This is why I am petitioning a dog park in Hackensack, specifically in Hackensack Firefighters Memorial Park. The space allows residents to establish strong community bonds and potentially add revenue to local businesses in the immediate area. Both while enjoying outdoor activities with man's best friend.