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[ft-l] FW: Important: OFW Alert




> 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: mary-slater.linn@sfsierra.sierraclub.org
> > Subject: Important: OFW Alert
> > Date: Thursday, April 15, 1999 12:57 PM
>
> >
> > From: Judy Hancock, Florida Sierra Club Public Lands Chair and Linda
> Bremer
> >
> >  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
state
> lands,
> including State Forests.  To do this gives these wetlands the water
quality
> criteria and protection that larger water bodies achieve with the same
> designation.
> >
> > Amazingly, the Division of Forestry has found this to be a problem.
> Mainly they are bound by the voluntary forestry Best Management Practices
to
> maintain
> 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.
> Other
> 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<crawfob@doacs.state.fl.us>  Include  a copy to Secretary David
Struhs,
>  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
> basis.
>
>   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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