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[ft-l] FW: Important: OFW Alert
- To: 'FTML' <email@example.com>
- Subject: [ft-l] FW: Important: OFW Alert
- Sent: Monday, April 19, 1999 11:03 AM
> Please read and take action.
> Public response does work-- remember how we won back Bull Creek!
> Pam Hale
> URGENT, PLEASE READ AND ACT!!!
> -Charlie D.---------
> > From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> > Subject: Important: OFW Alert
> > Date: Thursday, April 15, 1999 12:57 PM
> > From: Judy Hancock, Florida Sierra Club Public Lands Chair and Linda
> > ALERT!!!! ALERT!!!! ALERT!!!!
> >E-mail or fax Commissioner of Agriculture Bob Crawford.
> > The ERC (Environmental Regulation Commission) will vote April 29 on
> whether to de-designate 8 listings of OFW (Outstanding Florida Waters)
> within the boundaries of our State Forests. In l993 the DER proposed the
> addition of isolated wetlands and intermittent streams as OFWs within
> including State Forests. To do this gives these wetlands the water
> criteria and protection that larger water bodies achieve with the same
> > Amazingly, the Division of Forestry has found this to be a problem.
> Mainly they are bound by the voluntary forestry Best Management Practices
> a buffer zone(uncut) of 200' around OFWs. As a result, DOF cannot get the
> timber harvest they want and have difficulty maneuvering their equipment.
> > The wetlands and streams the DOF wants to de-list this time are: Goethe
> State Forest, Point Washington State Forest, Lower Econ, Seminole
> Springs, Upper Black Creek (Jennings), Volusia Water Recharge (Tiger Bay),
> Withlacoochee Tracts (With. St. Forest), Homosassa Reserve/Walker Tract.
> The proposed de-designation will diminish water quality protection for
> all other water bodies on State Forests. DOF does not intend to stop here.
> state forests are due to be altered by DOF in the coming year.
> THIS IS AN UNPRECEDENTED MOVE BY A STATE AGENCY - TO REQUEST THAT THE OFW
> REQUIREMENT TO PROTECT EXISTING WATER QUALITY BE ELIMINATED ON STATE
> PRESERVATION AND CONSERVATION LANDS!!
> Many wetlands on public lands would be PERMANENTLY REMOVED FROM PROTECTED
> WATER QUALITY STATUS.
> > ACTION: PLEASE FAX OR E-MAIL BOB CRAWFORD, COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE,
> WHO SHOULD BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS UNPRECEDENTED PROPOSAL TO REDUCE
> WATER QUALITY AND WILDLIFE PROTECTION ON STATE FORESTS.
> His fax is 850/ 414-9778 E-mail address is Bob
> Crawford<email@example.com> Include a copy to Secretary David
> Secretary of DEP STRUHS_D@EPIC5.DEP.STATE.FL.US>.
> l. Say that there should be no change in the protection status given to
> these wetlands.
> 2. These wetlands are essential to many species of amphibians and
> migratory birds (many species of amphibians cannot survive in waters with
> predatory fish. Isolated wetlands, especially the smaller ones, do not
> have predatory fishes).
> 3. Decisions should be made on an ecological basis, not a timber harvest
> 4. Forestry BMPs are overdue for revision. Science should tell us what
> the buffer should be, not timber.
> 5. These lands are purchased for protection. It is astounding that a
> state agency would find this to be a problem. OFW designations on state
> lands should NOT be changed.
> THIS IS AN OUTRAGEOUS, UNACCEPTABLE PROPOSAL! IT IS NOTEWORTHY
> THAT THE ATTENDEES AT THE FIRST MEETING WHERE THIS PROPOSAL WAS
> PRESENTED WERE 3 REPS FROM THE PHOSPHATE INDUSTRY, A REP FROM AN
> ANTI-ENVIRONMENTAL LAW FIRM, AND THE DOF.
> > Linda Bremer
> > Jacksonville, Florida
> > 904/399-1520
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