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Re: E-M:/ Parkland Sell-Off Assailed

Enviro-Mich message from "Alexander J. Sagady" <ajs@sagady.com>


I'd suggest posting links to maps showing the public land natural areas proposed for 
privatizing and development by the Granholm Administration...particularly those in SE Michigan where
open space is at a real premium.    And I thought we were finally rid of the ghosts of 
Russell Harding......  

Better yet, take advantage of 
http://www.terraserver.microsoft.com   note you can see topo maps at this site also.

the area in question


and/or  googlemaps at


....to see these areas of proposed public land natural area privatization for development.   

I suppose that MDNR Parks Division might take the Pontius Pilate approach of 
feeling better saying they will sell off natural lands ....
.....maintaining "clean hands" by selling natural areas to local or county government or 
school districts.   But if natural areas are just turned over and sold off to developers 
by these units of government it is really a distinction without a difference.....unless, of 
course, they stipulate that there be no conversion to development in a restricted land 
covenant.  I presume they aren't doing that in this case.

I'd also urge an analysis of any such land sales by a subwatershed protection 
evaluation approach....When making a decision on land sales is MDNR maintaining the 
integrity of entire subwatersheds involved with lands that the state will maintain in 
public ownership?

In the case of the Proud Lake recreation area, why would a public agency want to 
sell off 540 acres that is directly contiguous to the rest of the area?    This isn't like
the situation where there are remote parcels that are hard to manage.  The tract in 
question looks like upland overlooking a stream value as near as I can tell from the maps.

I don't think anyone would argue with MDNR selling off isolated parcels of 
tax-reverted land, but I can see why selling off open space at Proud Lake Recreation
Area has become controversial.

Here is the Detroit news article link...

At 10:35 PM 04/10/2006, you wrote:
>Enviro-Mich message from LuAnne Kozma <luanne_kozma@yahoo.com>
>An article in yesterday's Detroit News:
>Parkland sell-off assailed
>Detroit News April 9, 2006
>LuAnne Kozma
>Defense of Place Michigan
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