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SG-W:/ Sibley Prairie AT RISK!
- Subject: SG-W:/ Sibley Prairie AT RISK!
- From: Smileysmlc@aol.com
- Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2004 16:44:01 EDT
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This is in Wayne County, but I hope that some of you on the Smart-Growth list
will be interested:
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
Please attend if at all possible. If you can't attend, comments and
suggestions would be appreciated.
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