Friday, June 3, 2011

Scripps/Briger updates and why we need an EIS now!

Hey y'all,
Don't forget that the Monday, June 13 PBCEC meeting is canceled. Instead there will be a door-knocking excursion, leaving Lake Worth from the Night Heron at 5:30pm.

We have made a new brochure for outreach.

And we have also updated the website with new links and information, including a post on legal matters from the treesitters and new sections on:

-Forests & Climate
-Animal Testing; and
-Genetic Engineering

Please help circulate the website through your online networks, and then get off the computer and come meet us in the streets!

And lastly, please check out the sample letter to Eric Reusch Below with several of our concerns which we feel most clearly warrant the need for a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Please sign and send the petition below to Eric Reusch IMMEDIATELY at:

For the wild,


Dear Eric,

Below is a list of concerns I have for Scripps Biotech Phase II Briger
project. Please hold a public hearing and consider these specific
concerns before approving this project:

1. Briger is suitable habitat for at least 13 federal and state
listed species, this project should not be approved unless a thorough
Environmental Impact Statement is conducted.

2. It is alarming that the search for Eastern Indigo snakes, a
federally protected species, was conducted during some of the coldest
days of 2010, when they are a species that is less active in the cold.

3. It is inadequate that only 1 day of research was conducted in
a manner officially adopted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to
find Eastern Indigo Snakes on a span of 681.69 acres.

4. Briger is within a Core Foraging Area of a Wood Stork
rookery and therefore should be maintained to aid the Wood Stork
population which is also federally protected.

5. The Army Corps is tasked with thoroughly accessing climate
change, carbon emissions and potential for carbon sequestering. Pine
trees, like those on Briger, have been proven to trap 3x more CO2
than other trees, helping to stabilize the climate. It is therefore
imperative that the Corps further analyze the value of Briger through
an Environmental Impact Statement.

Thank you for considering my concerns.


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