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E-M:/ RE: / Protecting Wetlands or Grabbing Property?



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Enviro-Mich message from "Anne Woiwode" <anne.woiwode@sierraclub.org>
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Regarding Dawson Bell's story, I was rather surprised that apparently he
missed a MAJOR component of this whole debate:  The bottomlands of the
Great Lakes are public trust lands that belong to ALL of the people of
Michigan, not to those who happen to abut those lands.  Private property
rights are not a part of this discussion at all because this is PUBLIC
property.  

Bell's argument is unfortunately in line with those who live next to
state or national forest lands and claim, solely because of proximity,
that they should have certain rights that don't accrue to the other
owners of the land who live farther away.  Or, for that matter, it is
akin to the private businesses that might abut public lands in, say,
downtown Lansing, claiming they have a right to dig up wetlands, build
buildings, drive ORVs on these lands, even if it is the front lawn of
the Capitol building.  

By all means, private property rights should be properly defended,
however that has ZERO to do this this issue!

Anne Woiwode




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