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Re: [permaculture-61] our roots: Old Growth Demonstration in West Orange, NJ -- Oct. 29, 2009

From: Rachel
Sent on: Saturday, October 3, 2009 6:26 PM
There's old growth forest at Seton Hall Prep? I grew up just a couple towns away and I had no idea.

On Fri, Oct 2, 2009 at 12:42 PM, douglasFrances Subbiondo <[address removed]> wrote:

I write to share with you a struggle presently underway in the town of West Orange, New Jersey. ?40 of 45 acres of EASTERN OLD GROWTH FOREST are threatened with destruction at the will of decision-makers within Seton Hall Preparatory Academy -- whose vision for the land features a rise in esteem held for their athletic program. ?This is ancient forest in the bioregion -- some of the trees alive before the United States even declared independence -- that lives on the first ridge of the Atlantic Coast, west of New York City. ?

Presently, Seton Hall & the West Orange Zoning Board are preparing for their ninth?meeting?(of eleven total) to mediate zoning variance disputes. ?Quiet on the agenda, if there at all, is talk of the trees or the forest. ?There is no language in the zoning code of West Orange that protects the forest?-- and therefore talk is of parking, noise, and setbacks.

I here promote:?deafening,?quiet support of these trees at the next zoning board meeting -- Oct. 29, 2009 @ 8:00 pm. ?Let us pack the hall with our smiling faces.??(66 Main Street, West Orange Town Hall -- park in rear of building -- or ride transit to within a 12 minute walk). ?Below is a map link.

To visit the forest itself (perhaps before the zoning board meeting): it lives beside Prospect Ave., between Northfield and Mt. Pleasant. ?Below is another map link. ?(Also reachable by transit from NYC to within a 10 minute walk)

Attached, is a flyer for your information & WIDE distribution (maybe you have friends & family nearby). ?

Thank you.


Frances Subbiondo
nature works & Green Collar Futures


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