Eco-space the problem, not the solution
October 16, 2003
By Ed Clark
Excerpted with permission from the Brevard Insider
Back in the dark old days of the scrub jay habitat battles in the
Other speakers pointed out that, according to County Appraiser Jim Ford's records, about 60% of Brevard was already owned by government, either the state, county, federal government, or the St. Johns River Water Management District.
What would be the value for tax purposes of this land in private hands today?
Latest reports are that the county wants another 75,000 acres of land off the tax rolls for refuges.
When the question was asked years ago in open forum, "When will you have enough land?" there was no answer. Except from one Audubon member, who put it this way: "We wish we could save it all". No word on whether he has torn down his own home and moved out of the area.
Quoting an article by Jim Waymer in our local daily of record today:
"The biggest environmental item on the list by far is the $50
'This is to allow species movement, open corridors and space,' said Anne Birch, who manages the county's Environmentally Endangered Lands Program. It would cost about $500,000 a year for controlled burns and other maintenance of that additional green space, Birch said."
(We have it from none other than Margaret Hames that maintenance
"Commissioner Ron Pritchard said the county already has enough green space.
'That's a huge amount of money to be taking off the tax role,' Pritchard
'The land is going to be areas that remain inaccessible,' Pritchard
The above-mentioned Margaret Hames asked me once after a public meeting (1992) in which I had spoken against the county's acquisition of more green space, "Why does it always come down to money?"
I answered, "Because money is the measure of human effort." There are always costs, and tradeoffs. Money is not free.
The greatest refuge for wildlife is in our backyards. Why? Because
Look for the wildlife. Then, go home and look in your own back yard.
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