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E-M:/ Sibley Prairie AT RISK!



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Enviro-Mich message from Smileysmlc@aol.com
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The Sibley Prairie in Brownstown Township, Wayne County, is the largest 
remaining lake plain prairie in the Great Lakes basin (according to the Michigan 
Natural Features Inventory).  The prairie is predominantly wetlands and hosts 
about 13 threatened, endangered and special concern species.  It is truly a rare 
gem which should be preserved intact!

IT IS ABOUT TO BE DESTROYED!

Fritz Enterprises, Inc. (along with Kingtel Associates), has applied to the 
MDEQ for a wetlands permit to construct a massive residential development of 
1,133 single family, duplex and mult-family units.  The application notes that 
21.7 acres of wetlands will be filled, and 4.2 acres of wetlands will be 
excavated.  The entire development, however, will fragment and isolate numerous 
acres of wetlands and prairie habitat.  No mitigation is proposed for the wetland 
loss, except 132 acres of existing wetlands are proposed to be left alone as 
"mitigation" (even though most of this wetland acreage will be isolated and 
surrounded by development).

The MDEQ is holding a Public Hearing on this wetland application tomorrow, 
Thursday, August 5, at 7:00 p.m. at the Brownstown Township Hall, located at 
21311 Telegraph Road (at the SE corner of Telegraph and King Roads).  Apparently, 
the Public Hearing has not been publicized in the local papers and adjacent 
landowners have not been notified about the application or the hearing.

THE SIBLEY PRAIRIE IS AT LEAST AS IMPORTANT AS HUMBUG MARSH!  WE NEED PEOPLE 
TO GET OUT AND PROTEST THIS NEEDLESS DESTRUCTION OF A TRULY IRREPLACEABLE 
NATURAL TREASURE!!

Please attend if at all possible.  If you can't attend, comments and 
suggestions would be appreciated.

Jack Smiley



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