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1. Save The Ambrosia Raptor Nest

The Aviara Premier Collection (APC) is the homeowners association for the Serenata, Brindisi, Cristalla, and Tesoro developments in Carlsbad, CA. It also is the HOA for the Windsor at Aviara Apartments, which controls two of the APC’s five board seats.

The APC board has ordered the removal of 44 trees in the community – including trees in the natural preserve area. Among the trees targeted is a eucalyptus tree that is home to a raptor nest – used each Spring by either hawks or the Great Horned Owl. This tree is located at the trail head entrance on Ambrosia Lane adjacent to the Daybreak Church and across the street from the Windsor At Aviara Apartments. It is surrounded by four other eucalyptus – all were touched by flames during the Poinsettia Fire.

The APC board and its property manager, J.D. Richardson Company, contends the trees at this trail head represent a hazard to those who use the trails and sidewalks. The board has stated publicly the trees are coming down at the behest of the City of Carlsbad. However, officials with Carlsbad, specifically, the Fire Department, say the trees pose NO danger to anyone using either the trails or the sidewalks. Because the preserve is owned by the homeowners association, the City of Carlsbad does not have the power to stop the APC from cutting down these trees.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife service is unable to protect the trees because the hawks and owls using the nest are not endangered. Additionally, because there are no eggs in the nest at this time of year, the Migratory Species Act also offers no protections.

It is up to the nest’s neighbors and friends to protect this eucalyptus tree and its nest. We urge you to petition the APC board of directors. They may be contacted directly through their property manager, Susan Sharp, susan@jdrichardson.net, or 619-234-9884.

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2. Preserve Open Space in NE Quadrant of Carlsbad

A coalition of neighbors in the NW quadrant of Carlsbad on the border of the NE quadrant has initiated a grassroots campaign to save some of the priceless natural lands of Carlsbad. These natural lands are a key part of what makes this such a special place to live, but many of the spaces are under immediate threat of development.

We need to preserve the best of what we have left- places like the rolling hills, creeks, trails, and open land all around Rancho Carlsbad (the horse farm is being demolished). Places where we, our children, and future generations can reconnect with nature, take a bike ride through rolling hills, take a quiet walk or hear the sound of a creek or the call of a bird. Open space gives us a high quality of life and preserves our property values. It is good for residents, businesses and visitors alike.

We have initiated this campaign to petition the City Council to rezone the open space as open space or, at the very least, low-density housing. Please sign the petition and help make that happen.

We need to encourage the city council to follow through on the voters' mandate as they revise the city's general plan.

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3. Preserve Durrington Village

Durrington Village is sited in the upper avon chalk valley on the southern edge of Salisbury Plain, it has a population of approximately 5000. Durrington has a long history, dating back to the Neolithic era. Two ancient sites lie in the parish: Durrington Walls and Woodhenge.

The MOD/DIO wish to construct 540No new homes adjoined to the village and/or on the greenfield site between Durrington and Larkhill increasing the population by 35% and thus changing its character and identity of the ancient village. The population welcome the return of the army but insist that sustainable housing must be built in the right location to benefit of the whole community.

Background

As part of the ‘2020 Army Basing Programme’, Army Units continue to be withdrawn from Germany as they have been for the past decade and are being relocated to create a ‘Salisbury Plain Super Garrison’. The MOD have been working with Wiltshire Council since mid-2013 preparing the master plan. The population welcome the return of the army but insist that sustainable housing must be built in the right location to benefit of the whole community.

The ‘preferred Site Consultation’

The residents of Durrington have already been able to express their opinions in the first round “Consultation” during which strong trends emerged with local residents calling for the boundaries and green fields separating the Garrisons from the village to be maintained.

The MOD reported the local residents consensus was “you do not want development alongside the A345 and want to see a separation between Durrington and any development North of the Packway to protect the village identity” and “any SFA to be as close to the base as possible, located centrally or within the wire”.

Despite this, the “preferred sites” suggested by the DIO for development are located to the east of Larkhill beyond the existing settlement boundary and will cover the land currently separating the village from the nearby settlement of Durrington which is an existing green field site. The choice of these sites (L15a, L15b, and L17a) over other assessed alternatives will effectively bring about an unacceptable amalgamation of the currently separate villages of Durrington and Larkhill.

This is acknowledged in the DIO Planning Context Report (February2014) but in our view has been given an insufficient weighting at Stage 4 of the Multi Criteria Analysis of Candidate Parcels undertaken for the potential sites (p21 – see bottom of page for link).

This will increase Durrington’s population by up to 35%. This has led to a public outpouring of dismay and concern from local residents, with many others coming forward to speak out and support the community of Durrington in their quest to preserve their ‘village’ as opposed to becoming part of a newly extended ‘Larkhill Garrison’.

Core Policy 37 (from the emerging Wiltshire Core Strategy, Pre-Submission 2012) states that “Development at operational or redundant (military) sites should enhance the overall character of the site. All development at operational or redundant sites should mitigate any adverse impacts on local infrastructure, and not erode the character of the surrounding area”. The proposals do not meet this policy as they erode the distinctly separate characters of Larkhill and Durrington.

Contradiction with Local Planning Policy

The proposals to develop these sites are contradictory to several policies and objectives expressed in Local Planning Policy.

South Wiltshire Core Strategy was formally adopted in 2012. It states clearly that one of the principle pressures on the area that needs to be addressed is “ensuring that the new strategic growth required to meet local needs does not erode the separate identity, character and visual and functional amenity of settlements”.

Strategic Objective 1 states that a very important contribution can be made to the aims of sustainability by ensuring new development is sited in the most sustainable location, a desired outcome to this objective is that ”new growth be accommodated in a manner sympathetic to the existing patterns of settlements”.

The proposed preferred sites set out by the DIO are in contradiction with these local policy aims as they erode the separate identity of Larkhill and Durrington and do not constitute a sustainable pattern of development.

Loss of valuable Green Space

The Military Civilian Integration programme stated aim is to balance the benefits of the military presence in the county with acceptable environment impact. The proposal goes against this guiding principle and will cause the loss of a greenfield site and associated detrimental impact on the valuable landscape character of the area.

Core Policy 51 (from the emerging Wiltshire Core Strategy, Pre-Submission 2012) is concerned with the impact of development on landscape and states that; “development should protect, conserve and where possible enhance landscape character and must not have an unacceptable impact upon landscape character, while any negative impacts must be mitigated as far as possible through sensitive design and landscape measures”.

It further states that development must demonstrate that several key criteria have been considered including:
i. the locally distinctive character of settlements and their landscape settings
ii. the separate identity of settlements and the transition between man-made and natural landscapes at the urban fringe.
The proposals at Larkhill are therefore not in accordance with this emerging local policy.

Supports existing businesses in Larkhill

The vision for the Amesbury Community Area (Emerging Wiltshire Core Strategy, Pre-Submission Draft, 2012), in which Larkhill is located, states that small settlements such as Durrington “…should become more self-contained. They will have more services and facilities to meet their own needs, meaning that functionally these settlements are less reliant on Amesbury”.

Strategic Objective 4 in this document seeks to ‘Build Resilient Communities’ by supporting development that is appropriate to rural communities and help to maintain the vitality and viability of small settlements. The joining incurred by the potential development of the proposed sites would undermine this vision and could damage the local services centres in both villages.

The increasingly wide spread feeling among the communities is that:-

• Resident’s views will not be listened to; the MOD has firm, pre-conceived ideas, that this is a ‘rubber stamp’ exercise. View’s reinforced by the 1st round consultation outcome, the swift timeline.

• That the ‘preferred sites’ are akin to a commercial developer seeking location/location/location for maximum end value and/or return on investment. No developer would be permitted planning approval for such an ill-conceived scheme.

• That long term, more comprehensive, ‘whole scheme plans’ for the proposed super garrison including both Army new homes and Army new infrastructure should be made available such that the full impact can be understood by the general public.

• That should the MOD ‘preferred sites’ be adopted, there is a strong likelihood of subsequent ‘infilling’ of the green space that results for either additional homes and/or additional Army infrastructure.

• New home accommodated discreetly within the existing army fence line or centrally within Larkhill would be more suitable as the proposed development would then be adjacent to the existing army quarters and the local services within Larkhill.

• That there is clearly strong support from the Village and the Army personnel for central garrison development and to build these communities which will support Larkhill local business, allowing new occupants to reside close to the workplace and to reduce commute carbon emissions.

• Little mention seems to be made of social, welfare, environmental considerations, shops, leisure facilities, sports facilities, parking, public transport, health care, schools, road widening etc.

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4. Stop AT&T Cell Tower Installation on Bernardo Mountain

At 1000 feet in elevation, Bernardo Mountain is the most prominent feature west of I-15 on the northern shore of Lake Hodges.

Rich in coastal sage scrub habitat, rare species and cultural resources, the property was already approved for a residential development of more than 50 houses when the Conservancy, and its partners, including those that live around the mountain, purchased it.

Strong neighborhood and city-wide citizen-donor support raised a required $625,000 in a two-month time frame to complete the $4.1 million purchase.

This "gift" is now being managed as part of the San Dieguito River Park and has a trail to the summit – with panoramic views – that is open for hiking, biking and equestrian use.

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5. Preserve Needham Trees

Needham Trees is a community group organized to protest the clear cutting of trees along the NSTAR transmission line.

We do not oppose NSTAR’s right to maintain the transmission line. We rely on NSTAR to ensure a steady power supply for all of our homes and businesses.

We do oppose the abrupt change in their management practices being employed by NSTAR.

For 48 years this transmission line have been managed through a system of trimming and tree removal only when it was necessary and only after communication with the abutter on the affected properties.

At no point has there been a power outage resulting from a tree hitting a transmission line. We have asked for information on the number of instances from NSTAR and to date they have not provided one.

Lacking any information that this is actually related to service we conclude that this change has more to do with the economics of maintaining their transmission and distribution lines at the lowest possible cost regardless of the impact on the neighbors.

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6. Save Sauble Beach

Joe Szewczyk (Sauble Beach Development Corporation) proposes to bulldoze the dunes between 5th and 6th St. N to put in a paid parking lot. The zoning by-law does not permit motorized vehicles on the beach.

Recently Szewczyk has been driving on the beach and has put a No Trespassing Order against the Town. Mayor John Close has ordered the police and local by-law enforcers not to enforce the Dynamic Beach By-law.

The Pine Grove Park subdivision has had legal care and control of this section of the beach since 1932 and are insisting that the By-laws be enforced.

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7. Save Burns Bog Today

History of MK Delta Lands Group & How it happened:

• In 2004, when the Burns Bog area owned by the McLaughlins was under foreclosure, the McLaughlin family asked Jack Matthews to rescue the Bog from foreclosure. He did. (J.M. Pers. Comment, 2004.)

• Jack Matthews then sold Burns Bog minus the 525 acres to Delta, the GVRD (Metro Vancouver), the Province of British Columbia and the Federal Government.

• The original piece of bogland owned by the McLaughlin family included the three pieces currently owned by MK Delta Lands Group Inc.

• In 2005 the Kerbel family (Ontario) and Jack Matthews (originally from Ontario, now Dallas, Texas) created MK Delta Lands Group Inc.

10770 – 72nd Avenue, Delta – 89 acres (26 hectares)

• It is surrounded on two sides by Conservation Area. This isolates the land from the community.

• The peat ranges from 10-17 metres thick in this area. (AGRA Earth & Environmental Ltd., 1999a up to 21.8 metres or 70ft. Pers. comment, MK’s hydrologist, April 29,2012).

• A good part of this area is identified as moderate to high habitat (50-75% of the best in the province) suitable for three rare and endangered mammal species (Pacific Water Shrew, Southern Red-Backed Vole, Trowbridge’s Shrew).

• Partly covered with historic pine, spruce, and yew forest. (Map 5.5 Ecosystem Review 2000).

• Water flows back and forth underneath Highway 99 between this property and the property on the west side owned by MK Delta Lands Inc.

Other Concerns:

• Impacts on people’s health regarding diesel particles coming from roads. (South Fraser Perimeter Road Tech. Report No. 16, Page 39 states that there will be increased respiratory and cancer related illnesses due to the construction of the road)

• Potential impact on the Conservation Area. When/ where is the tipping point where the Conservation Area can no longer withstand buildings and roads on unprotected bogland?

• This area is in a floodplain area. Water flows downhill from the Panorama ridge.

2004 Survey by the Burns Bog Conservation Society

• 93% of the people responding to the survey stated that the Society should “keep working on ways to protect that extra 426 acres" (currently identified as 525 acres).

Is destruction of this land inevitable?

• Before this land can be rezoned for development, the Corporation of Delta must change its North Delta Area Plan, and Metro Vancouver must change its Regional Growth Strategy Plan.

• The MK Delta Lands Inc. qualifies for a tax benefit under the Canadian Ecological Gifts Program if it donates its land to the Burns Bog Conservation Society or another organization with a charitable tax number.

Voice your opinion: Mayor & Council at corp.delta.bc.ca

And please sign our petition!

Donations are always welcomed. https://www.canadahelps.org/DonationDetails.aspx?cookieCheck=true

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8. Save Dundee's Tay Hotel

I believe that Dundee Council should be doing their utmost to save one of the few old buildings that is left in the city centre rather than leaving it to go to ruin.

I feel it is so important that all that can be done to preserve this great Dundee landmark should be done but sadly at present it is being left to decay.

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9. Preserve Bay Ridge Neighborhood

BCJ HOLDS, L.L.C. (Allen Edwin Homes) has applied to the Charter Township of Texas Planning Commission for approval of a Planned Unit Development (PUD). This proposal includes a request for rezoning (currently zoned R-2) due to substantial reductions in lot size. The reduction in lot size is due to their proposed 38.3 acres of preserved open space, including a perimeter trail that may provide beneficial neighborhood transition zones, and help retain access to open space recreation that Bay Ridge families currently enjoy in the undeveloped lot/field. Without the rezoning, the development would not include preserved open space, and would include a 216-lot subdivision (Comparison Plan), as opposed to a 237-lot subdivision (Preliminary Concept Development Plan). The Concept Plan, which includes the preserved open space, also calls for retaining the Bay Ridge Road and Bentley Drive cul-de-sacs.

However, the Township, County Road Commission, and Fire Department may or may not approve the retention of the two cul-de-sacs, in part based on Section 16-82(a)(1)b of the Zoning Ordinance under Subdivision Control, which requires that “the arrangement of streets shall provide for a continuation of existing streets from adjoining areas in the new subdivision.”

This Preserve Bay Ridge Neighborhood petition seeks approval from the Charter Township of Texas Planning Commission not to extend Bay Ridge Road and Bentley Drive into the new Concept Plan development, and to upgrade the existing cul-de-sacs as per recommendations provided by Thomas C. Wheat in his April 13, 2009 memorandum to the Planning Commission. This request is based on three important factors:

1. Concern that extending Bay Ridge Road and Bentley Drive as through-streets would degrade the quality of life, and decrease the safety of residents and children in the Bay Ridge neighborhood by increasing the speed and frequency of traffic to and from the new Rudgate Trails development.

2. Despite the lot size variance for the Concept Plan, we believe that integrating open space, or “green infrastructure,” in subdivision developments provides substantial quality of life and environmental benefits, including, but not limited to access to recreation lands; natural storm water runoff filtration and retention; wildlife habitat; and scenic beauty.

3. An adequate transition zone would help preserve the character and identity of the respective neighborhoods.

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10. Preserve the Far West Village/Rezone the C6-1 District

The Far West Village is one of New York's most historic neighborhoods, which community groups and preservationists have fought for years to preserve and protect from over development.

However, there is a six block section of the Far West Village which still contains an anomalous and outdated zoning designation that encourages out-of-scale development, and strongly encourages hotel, dormitory, or office development in a predominantly residential but mixed-use neighborhood.

While this area is now part of the Greenwich Village Historic District, only a change to the zoning can ensure that any new development here truly respects the scale and character of the neighborhood.

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11. In support of a cooperative agreement with Autrey Mill Nature Preserve Assoc.

The Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center, is a unique facility in the bustling City of Johns Creek GA. It features 46 acres of forest, woodland trails, winding creek, heritage gardens, historic buildings, and animal exhibits.

The beautiful Autrey Mill of today was built over a 20-year period under the leadership of the non-profit Autrey Mill Nature Preserve Association (AMNP) Board and its talented staff, with the vital help of generous public and private supporters, and by harnessing the indispensable work of volunteers.

With the stability provided by a 30-year lease agreement (originally with Fulton County and now with the City of Johns Creek) AMNP has been able to conduct long-range planning; receive major grants; undertake larger, multi-year projects; and accept donations of heirlooms and important historic items. Operating under this lease, the AMNP Board has provided responsible stewardship of the land and continually made improvements.

On March 11, 2009, the City of Johns Creek took the extraordinary step of suing the AMNP non-profit corporation operated by community volunteers. In its lawsuit the City seeks to invalidate the 30-year lease and seeks control over the historic items that have been donated to AMNP over the years.

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12. Preserve School History for the Wilcox-Hildreth Falcons

At this time all trophies and awards that had been on display in the Wilcox and Hildreth sites prior to our school merger have been removed from each site.

This was a decision made by the school board. The Alumni Association from each school is in possession of the trophies, awards, and memorabilia.

A committee of primarily alumni from each school has been organized to make a decision on possible reconsideration to display items of historical value from each school.

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13. Preserve Benevolent Society site, Ocean street and Wellington street in Bondi

Planned redevelopment of the Benevolent Society site between Ocean street and Wellington street in Bondi.

This site currently contains heritage listed buildings and trees, 2 schools, 2 child care centres and a church.


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14. Concerned American Venice Citizens

We are in agreement with the town of Babylon that the American Venice is one of the most unique residential communities in Long Island, which is one of the reasons we the homeowners were drawn to this waterfront community.

However our main concern is the flood situation that we are all affected by every time the moon is out or we have north east wind. The tide water comes up from the sewers, under ground and over the bulk heads.

These floods keep mailman from coming in. We have to walk through wading water to get in front doors, or in cars. Most of the time we have to park cars three blocks away because you can’t drive through. Crawl spaces are full of water all the time, which create a health hazard and our lawns are inundated so bad you can’t even let your animal out or enjoy your back yards. Garbage cans float, and some of our neighbors are having trouble selling, because of high insurance cost.

When the weather prediction is “possible flooding conditions” Sleepless nights are spent, making sure your vehicles are not under water, or worst going out in the middle of the night in twenty degree weather because water came up so high that everyone got caught off guard and have to start emptying out their garages and move their cars.

Would we prefer to have a park and a Historical Preservation or Preserve our community?

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15. STOP logging/burning of thousands of Hoosier National Forest NOW!

From: Protect Our Woods, Heartwood, GreenFire Consulting Group, Indiana Forest Alliance and Tree of Life Alliance.

Date: November 22, 2006

The proposed “German Ridge Restoration Project” would clearcut 355 acres, shelterwood cut 120 acres, and thin 215 acres for a total of 685 acres of logging. The proposed timber sale also authorizes the building of two miles of new roads, the building of two miles of temporary roads, and the reconstruction of nine miles of existing roads. The project further authorizes prescribed burning of 2,170 acres, in one of the most popular recreation areas in the forest, an area known to be used by Indiana bats, and would likely add even more pollution to an area of Indiana that is already a nonattainment area for particulate matter. This is the first project the Forest Service is attempting to implement under the new Hoosier Forest Plan, which is still pending appeal from several environmental groups and individuals.

The German Ridge project has been stopped two times in the past ten years; the first time in the late 1990’s due to the discovery of Indiana bats in the project area, and the second time, this past summer, due to the Forest Service’s appealing officer’s decision that the environmental impact statement did not include an adequate “cumulative impact analysis,” and that the costs of the road building were not included in the economic analysis.

This is the third time, then, that the Forest Service is attempting to recycle this same, environmentally and economically destructive project. A few weeks ago, the Forest Service issued a “Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement” (SDEIS) to “correct the deficiencies in the last Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS).” In other words, the Forest Service is refusing to throw this project out, but instead, has merely changed its paperwork. The public needs to comment on this new SDEIS.

There is a 45-day comment period on this new Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) that will end Monday, Dec 4. The document can be viewed by going to http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/hoosier/project_docs/dn_dm/g_ridge_draft_sup_eis.pdf. You can also request a copy by writing the Forest Service at Hoosier National Forest Supervisors Office, 811 Constitution Avenue, Bedford, IN 47421 or by calling (812) 275-5987. You can send your comments to the Forest Service at the address above, or by Fax (812) 279-3423, or emailing r9_hoosier_website@fs.fed.us. Please send your comments into the Forest Service by December 4th!

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16. Preserve the Farmland at 50Hwy & Ranson Rd

April 23, 2006

This piece of land, 39 acres, has traditionally and is currently used as farmland. The current owner is not the farmer, and the land is now zoned for commercial development.

This whole area is being paved over at an alarming rate. I am trying to educate the city council about the greenprinting as a concept, but this piece of land is part of the whole vision.

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17. Preserve our Pledge of Allegiance

Updated February 22, 2006

Preserve Our Heritage

The words [Under God] - there is a movement to have them removed from the pledge.

And [In God We Trust] - there is a movement to have them removed from our money. These words are part of our heritage.

These Movements are being lead by atheist Michael Newdow. The 9th Circuit court ruled that reciting of the pledge in public schools is unconstitutional.

Suit has been filed in 9TH Circuit Court Of Appeals to overturn that ruling. The Becket Fund will defend Under God.

Michael Newdow has filed suit to have the words In God We Trust remove from our money.

I have a petition to keep these words where they are.

The petition will be taken to the Senate and Congress and the Supreme Court.

Fellow Christians and Patriots let's join together and Preserve Our Heritage.

I can be reached at 814-767-9639 cell-301-707-8518
Email change5c@yahoo.com
Donations to support the petition may be sent to the address below.
God Bless.
Thank You

Church Of Change
Rev. Daniel Driver
790 Beans Cove Rd
Clearville Pa 15535

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18. Stop the NJ Black Bear Hunt

Commissioner Campbell is deciding whether or not to allow a bear hunt again in NJ.

The last bear hunt was in 2004 when hunters killed 328 bears and it was the first in 30 years. It solved nothing! We need a non-lethal way of managing NJ's bear population. Perhaps sterilization and a bear preserve. Bears inhabit all of NJ's counties and are more of a nusiance then danger. People make them dangerous by feeding them and not properly disposing of their garbage.

There is no need to hunt our bears again. There are approximately less than 3000 bears. Our small state is over developed, over crowded, 1164 people per square mile that'smore than Japan and India,which are only in the range of 900 or less.

It's time people realize that the bears are not in their neighborhood, that in fact, people have invaded the bear's habitat.

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19. Support Dominican University's Easement Request

Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois, is seeking support for an easement to access Thatcher Avenue through a small section of Cook County Forest Preserve land. This project will allow the university to construct a new campus entrance/exit onto Thatcher Avenue, 200 feet south of Greenfield.

The total requested easement area is located at the northern tip of a non-contiguous section of Forest Preserve land. The requested area is 2240 square feet, of which 650 square feet would be paved This represents 1/20th of an acre or 1.3% of the area in question.

This project would support Dominican University's enrollment and relieve traffic congestion on Village streets.

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20. Preserve our Freedoms - Save Millions from Death & Poverty in Iraq

Save Millions from Death & Poverty in Iraq & preserve the Liberties of the Free World.

In the aftermath of various terrorist attacks worldwide including attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon and the Bali bombings, we implore the leaders of the United States and the Free world to ensure that justice be served by protecting the innocent citizens of all nations all over the world.

We demand that the leaders of the Free world and the President of the United States maintain the human rights and liberties of all world citizens, promote the civil liberties of all U.S. citizens, and guarantee that attacks on the principles and freedoms of the United Nations Members including the United States will not succeed.

We encourage a thorough investigation of terrorist events before any retaliation.

We call for PEACE and JUSTICE so that Millions in Iraq will be saved from Death & Poverty.

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21. California Poppies, Instead of Litter!©

More than 40,000 California residents are working to help preserve and protect our trails, paths, highways, coastal areas and parks from the blight of discarded litter! © California Adults: Plant one free packet of California Poppy seeds.

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http://web-news.tripod.com/modestobee.htm

April 6, 2003 is 100th Anniversary of State Flower.

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22. Save The USS America

The USS America Museum Foundation is dedicated to all patriotic Americans and especially to all the men and women that have served proudly in the United States armed forces. A special thanks goes out to the sailors who served on the USS America, throughout her glorious 31 years of service to the greatest nation in the world.

The USS America helped preserve the rights and freedoms all citizens of the United States enjoy. The foundation is dedicated toward preserving the USS America and its long and proud history. The foundation is actively petitioning Congressmen and Senators and the Department of Defense to donate the USS America to the foundation for preservation as a living museum. This will give all Americans the ability to visit and walk through the greatest aircraft carrier to ever sail the seas. The Foundation is actively trying to acquire a port for the use of the USS America. However, the Foundation has recently run in to some problems with acquiring the USS America itself. The DOD has decided instead of allowing the Foundation to use the ship as a living museum, to sell her for scrap.

Please join the Foundation in writing your Congressmen and Senators, letting them know that you think this beautiful ship would serve this nation better as a living museum instead of scrap metal. If the Foundation cannot acquire the ship it will still actively try and preserve as much of the ship and its history as possible. It will try to obtain at least one aircraft of each type that served on the ship and as much other unique items that were on the ship.

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23. The Front Line Revolution - preserve and restore the culture of hip hop

This petition was designed to preserve and restore the culture of hip hop, which has been bastardized and virtually destroyed as we know it by money-hungry record companies and various music professionals. These individuals have marketed and promoted music to the masses of people who have been brainwashed to buy this low-quality music. A revolution has been created to bring hip hop back to the essence of its culture.

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24. "Pay off your Debt. Sell us a Forest!"

As an answer to many countries' debt problem and as a means of saving natural resources, especially tropical forests which affect global warming and weather patterns, the US government came up with a novel concept. The nature swap through the Tropical Forest Conservation Act of 1998 (TFCA) - to exchange the debt of forest-rich countries for conservation mechanisms designed to protect the forests.

The Act, according to a US Embassy press release will allow developing countries to shed their debt burden, while helping them to preserve natural forests. In consultation with the US government the debtor country can set up a fund or board consisting of local NGO representatives to preserve tropical forests. The value of debt will be converted to local currency and programs initiated by the board will be paid in local value.

According to them Sri Lanka's most pristine forests- the Sinharaja rainforest, Peak Wilderness, Namunukula forest and the Knuckles forest range are in danger under the debt recovery act and Sinharaja forest will be the main victim.

The United States and Japan have already taken 45 patent rights for medicinal plants in Sri Lanka. There may be hundreds of such indigenous properties in our tropical forests which will be the future of our financial stability. Under this, we fear that, it will pave the way for uncontrolled exploitation of these assets.

Meanwhile the Ministry of Forestry and Environment in Sri Lanka appointed a committee to look into the TFCA, counteracting the speculations of selling off the virgin forests to United States to offset national debt. There are remarkable similarities between the wording of the US Act and the intentions of the donor agencies as outlined in the ADB Report. At first glance it all seems ideally suited to countries such as Sri Lanka which have high international debts, and yet require funding to maintain its rich biodiversity. However, on close scrutiny, questions arise as to the intent motivating such apparent generosity. After all it is ironic that the United States is so concerned about the environmental well-being of the rest of the world that it refuses to sign the Kyoto Convention on controlling carbon dioxide emissions despite being the creator of the largest volume of these emissions!

So, do not allow capital countries to exploit poor countries' natural forests, full of genetic assets. We all should oppose it.

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