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1) We don’t need more building in a flood plain.

2) We have enough strip malls in Chesterfield’s flood plain.

3) Destruction of this wildlife habitat is unconscionable

4) Traffic congestion on Dorsett and I-364 will suck.

5) Rowers and sailors in lake area deserve better.

6) Hikers and bikers in lake area deserve better.

7) Build more park trails, not more mall pavement.

8) Save the last 5 percent of Missouri’s wetlands.

9) Keep Westport Plaza going; leave this area alone.

10) Nature spots are necessary for human sanity.

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Kim Cuddeback and Glenn Changar

Many of us, including myself, cherish our time spent at Creve Coeur Park. Whether it is meandering around the lake on a squeaky yellow bike, admiring the skill and grace of the Saint Louis Rowing Club from atop the footbridge, staking out nesting waterfowl from a kayak or enjoying a sunset from the lake’s eastern shore… we all share memories of one of our county’s finest nature spots.

So you can imagine my dismay when I stumbled across the news that developers and city officials in Maryland Heights have plans to commercialize the very land where hundreds of birds and other species make their homes, not to mention one of the few natural treasures of our county where hikers, bikers, birders, rowers, sailors and anglers can escape from the rigors of daily life.

This is why a debt of gratitude is owed to two nature nurturers, Kim and Glenn. They, along with other citizens of Maryland Heights, have joined together in a grassroots effort to protect the Creve Coeur Park and wetland area from a plan to rezone more than 200 acres of agricultural farmland as “mixed use”, allowing for 5.1 million square feet of intensive development which would change the pristine beauty of the area into a jungle of strip malls, condominiums, and corporate offices, anchored by a Wal-Mart.

KIM CUDDEBACK says: “I grew up in Maryland Heights, and natural preservation is important to me. We are losing all our open space and wetlands. To lose such a massive part of it is disgusting.”

GLENN CHANGAR says: “We are not only concerned about the loss of this rare unspoiled land next to the largest natural lake in Missouri, but also of the additional problems that go along with it: increased traffic, destruction of wildlife habitat… Creve Coeur Lake is the jewel of Maryland Heights. We treasure it and do not want to see the area surrounding it destroyed in the name of progress.”

For More Information on the battle to protect the area known as Howard Bend at Creve Coeur Park go to: www.savecrevecoeur.com

DO WE REALLY NEED ANOTHER ON OF THESE??

DO WE REALLY NEED ANOTHER ONE OF THESE??

What do you think?  Should the wetlands area west of Creve Coeur Lake be left alone by developers? Or do you think we need more retail and office space to be built on this floodplain?

ALSO, We would love to hear your favorite Creve Couer Park stories? What do you think is the most scenic vantage point in the Creve Coeur Park Area –

– Waterfall at Southeast Access Area?

– Biking/Hiking Path along West Lake Shore?

– Sailing/Rowing Coves?

– Birding Area Southwest of Lake?

– The Canal and Mallard Lake portion?

– Bridge overlook near the boathouse?

– Other?

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REP members like ROY GERDEL want to protect nature sites like MONTAUK SPRINGS or BATTLE OF ATHENS STATE PARK from the stench and pollution of CAFOS (Confined Animal Feeding Operations).

* PLEASE TELL US YOUR STORIES ABOUT MONTAUK SPRINGS
OR BATTLE OF ATHENS STATE PARK *

TOP TEN REASONS FOR BEING A REPUBLICAN GREEN

1. Elephants can be Green: Consider Teddy Roosevelt.

2. Global warming is a non-partisan planetary issue.

3. Conservation is conservative. Ask a real conservative.

4. Environmental entrepreneurship is good for business.

5. Environmental products are good for global commerce.

6. Energy independence is a patriotic mission to accomplish.

7. Stop Anti-Environmental Wackos like Rush Limbaugh.

8. You don’t have to be a “liberal pagan” to enjoy trees..

9. It’s time the GOP disowns Bush anti-environment policies.

10. Al Gore shouldn’t have all the fun – or the credit.

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Roy Gerdel and his colleagues in the Missouri chapter of Republicans for Environmental Protection (REP) admit their nature group has its work cut out for itself, particularly with the Missouri Republican legislators who seldom vote green on state issues.

It’s not easy being green, especially if you are green in the Grand Old Party. The Republican Party has been cold, sometimes even hostile, to environmentalists in recent years. Some in the party are looking to change that reputation.

(To learn more about Roy Gerdel and REP, see Don’s complete Webster-Kirkwood Times story at: http://www.websterkirkwoodtimes.com. Here you will get the whole story on REP and the nurturer of the week, Roy Gerdel.)

“I love the outdoors,” said Gerdel. “It hurts me when I see conservatives who don’t favor conserving the great natural legacy in this state. That’s not to say we haven’t had some success stories – like establishing the great Katy Trail in our state. We just need more environmental success stories in this state.”
(For More Information on the Republicans for Environmental Protection please go to the website: rep.org)

WHAT DO YOU THINK? IF YOU ARE A DEMOCRAT, DO YOU THINK REPUBLICANS CAN BE ENVIRONMENTALISTS? IF YOU ARE A REPUBLICAN, DO YOU THINK MORE FOLKS IN THE GOP SHOULD JOIN THE REP?

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