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TACOMA: Purchase would boost habitat, recreation

Letter by Skip Vaughn, Tacoma on Aug. 9, 2012 at 12:38 pm with 6 Comments »
August 9, 2012 12:43 pm

The City of Tacoma has a special opportunity to protect an important natural area by purchase of open space in the southwest corner of the South Tacoma Wetlands Conservation Area, near South 52nd and South Mullen streets.

The city has applied for a Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program grant to acquire additional property in this habitat corridor to offer public access and relaxing recreational opportunities for city residents.

The addition of this property to the Wetlands Conservation Area will protect wildlife habitat for a significant variety of native species. It will also provide a unique educational setting where schoolchildren can explore the outdoors and learn about their environment in the process.

Bringing people closer to nature and wildlife in this area will strengthen our connection to the environment – a connection that is so easily lost when we get caught up in the stressful everyday routine of urban life. This open space will truly be accessible, offering recreational opportunities for everyone by accommodating individuals with disabilities in addition to pedestrians and bicycles,

The South Tacoma Neighborhood Council strongly supports acquisition of land in the Wetlands Conservation Area. With the support of our legislators, state Sen. Steve Conway and Reps. Connie Ladenburg and Steve Kirby, Tacoma residents and visitors will all benefit greatly from this acquisition.

Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. MrCarleone says:

    Well, if a Ladenburg is involved, you can rest assured that the taxpayers are going to get screwed financially !

  2. tree_guy says:

    The city is 9 million in the hole today and projections for the next biennium are for a 65 million dollar budget deficit. Does this sound like the type of financial situation which would suggest additional spending?

  3. So Skip, you want the taxpayers to buy up some green space by your home. Do you recognize the selfish aspect of your request?

  4. AndyHill says:

    It’s exciting to know that the City of Tacoma has applied for this grant. This will encourage all of us to spend time outdoors; it’s a great opportunity for families and schools.

  5. alindasue says:

    tree_guy,
    Grant money would be money obtained specific to this project and would not have any effect one way or another. Also, before someone goes on about federal funds still being people’s taxes… Tacoma isn’t the only community receiving funds to preserve and protect green spaces. There are communities throughout the country applying for and receiving such grants. Tacoma is just as worthy of receiving that grant money as any other community.

    For less than the cost of even one new military jet, important oxygen producing and air filtering green space with be preserved for future generations. Our children and grandchildren will thank us.

  6. LeePHill says:

    alindasue…..thanks for demonstrating “out of the box” thinking.

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