Wednesday, July 20, 2011

When It Pays to Do Your Homework!

This morning I caught this baby deer playing and cavorting in the destroyed area of the woods across the street ...

While mom lurked nearby, keeping a close eye on her offspring ...

Because I was so upset at the clear cutting of the underbrush in the "green space" that I posted about yesterday, I became convinced that something should be done. And I was the one who needed to do it.

I looked up a city zone map ... and zoning regulations.
Then I e-mailed the City.

"The owners of {*&^%@ SW (*&^%} Road are clearing native underbrush from an area listed on maps as "important" green space and "wetlands". They are using heavy equipment and chainsaws to cut trees, and rip out existing native habitat. Is this acceptable under zoning section 4.118.(.09)*? This area has been forested since at least 1890's without disturbance and houses many native and natural species, both flora and fauna."

I got a response that my request had been forwarded to the "appropriate department" and I would hear back from them within 3 weeks.

2 hours later, there were City workers examining the site!

This is the response I got from the City early this afternoon ...

"Resolution Summary: Thank you for your concern. We have visited the site and have contacted the property owner via phone and will continue to work with them and monitor to ensure this native habitat area is properly maintained. Any additional questions let me know."


One person really CAN make a difference!!!

*Zoning section 4.118.(09): To the extent practicable, development and
construction activities of any lot shall consider the use of habitat-friendly
development practices, which include:
A. Minimizing grading, removal of native vegetation, disturbance and removal of
native soils, and impervious area ...


  1. Congratulations for solving the problem so fast.
    You are lucky to have such a city.
    Our guys from the city would never bother to take some action.
    Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Congratulations and shows that sometimes a voice can make a difference.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  3. That is so cool! Wow! I'm so glad you looked it up and wrote them. Way to go! Such sweet deer pictures.

  4. You are now officially my heroine!! You go girl! :)

  5. Awesome job!! Another peeve of mine is to start development of a new building, when there's a perfectly adequate empty building just down the road. It doesn't make sense.

  6. Amen to that! One is indeed a powerful number, Clytie. My thanks for making a difference, keep a watchful eye.

    hugs, Pam

  7. Oh, SISSY! How cool is THAT?! I'm so happy to hear something is being done to stop the rampant awful destruction of native flowers and habitat.

    It was so upsetting to hear the cracking of those trees as they came by, and to watch the squashing of native trees and flora.

    You are my HERO!!!