Letters to the Editor

Preserve fragile habitat on Braden River

Braden Woods residents have banded together to oppose a development near River Club which would clear-cut the woods for a housing development. 
 TIFFANY TOMPKINS/Bradenton Herald
Braden Woods residents have banded together to oppose a development near River Club which would clear-cut the woods for a housing development. TIFFANY TOMPKINS/Bradenton Herald ttompkins@bradenton.com

Once again, a fragile natural habitat is being considered for development.

The 33-acre tract of woods and wetlands along the Braden River (adjacent to Braden Woods and River Club) is the home of deer, bobcats, gopher tortoises, hawks, owls, cranes, and many other species. This fragile haven and the Braden River — source of Bradenton’s water supply — now face extreme harm from proposed construction and resulting pollutants that will be caused by human occupancy. The impact of development would be devastating and enduring:

1. The eradication of a beautiful wild tract of land in the watershed of Bradenton’s water supply.

2. Pollution of the river and water supply from construction and future runoff from home sites.

3. The destruction of the home and food source of many species of plants, animals, and birds.

Make no mistake: If this land is not protected by our elected officials, it will represent the worst kind of government, the kind of government that knows the price of everything and the value of nothing, the kind that disregards the value of wild space and the preservation of our most basic need —clean water.

This elegant natural habitat on the Braden River is special. Some places should not be clear-cut, paved and developed. This is one of those places. This last best spot on the Braden River should be preserved. It’s a beautiful site. Let’s keep it that way.

We are petitioning Manatee County to purchase this property for conservation and make it a nature preserve.

Visit keepwoods.com to personally experience this natural habitat and sign the petitions. Write your commissioners and please make your voice heard at the public hearings in July and August.

Gary Hebert, President; Brenda Russell, Vice President; Philip St. John, Treasurer and Secretary, Friends of Keep Woods Inc.

Bradenton

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