A 700 acre housing development is planned in critical habitat for Whooping Cranes near Aransas NWR. Just a short post to remind you if you already are aware and to inform you if you are not. The important thing is that we have only TWO DAYS to write the Corps of Engineers to voice our concerns over these plans for development so near the Whooping Cranes' wintering grounds.
Please learn more by clicking here and here, and respond to the Corps of Engineers call for public comment ASAP.
The deadline is Aug. 17. Comments or requests for additional information may be made to: Felicity Dodson, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, P.O. Box 1229, Galveston 77553-1229, or call 409-766-3105.
The public notice of the application may be viewed at www.swg.usace.army.mil/reg/notice/PN2007-310.pdf.
To sign a petition online, go to http://www.petitiononline.com/whooper/petition.html
Since personal letters are typically more effective, here's my letter. Feel free to use any or all of its content.
-----Original Message-----Sent: Wednesday, August 15, 2007 6:12 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org : Falcon Point Development
To Whom It May Concern:
The new record numbers of Whooping Cranes this year is certainly something to celebrate, but this species’ recovery did not happen without strict attention to preservation of wetland habitat. As the population continues to rise toward sustainability, it is vitally important that critical habitat in and around their wintering grounds be protected from development and preserved for the future of this magnificent species.
Please register my opposition to the planned Falcon Point Development Project near Seadrift, Texas.
Thank you very much.