Target: Greg Rogerson, Principal of J.G. Petrucci, Inc.
Goal: Convince construction giant J.G. Petrucci to halt a New Jersey housing development until a plan to save the bird habitat is established.
If completed, a new 314-unit housing development in Bethlehem Township, New Jersey will destroy the habitats of more than 161 bird species. The construction plans include storm water detention ponds, which will make the marshes unsuitable for the large bird population. Convince developer, J.G. Petrucci Inc., to halt construction of the housing development until the bird habitat can be secured.
If built, the housing complex will be built on the 100 plus acres next to the Green Pond Country Club. This area is an important habitat for native and migratory birds that require marshlands to survive. As National Audubon Society and Sierra Club representative, Victoria Bastidas, stated, “We do not agree with this plan as it stands. Marsh birds need wetlands with a maximum of 2 inches of water.”
The housing complex will also exacerbate the existing problem of flooding on nearby town roads. Commissioners say the city board is aware of the environmental problems and will address them as the project moves forward. However, there have been no plans discussed to save the marshland bird habitat. Petrucci representative, Greg Rogerson, simply stated, “Green Pond has geographical issues going back hundreds of years. If the township planning and approval phase is completed this year, “I’d like to see this get started in 2014.”
Sign the below petition to convince New Jersey developer, J.G. Petrucci Inc., to halt construction of the housing development until the bird habitat can be secured.
Dear Greg Rogerson,
I am urging you to listen to the concerns of the National Audubon Society and the Sierra Club regarding your housing development proposal in Bethlehem Township. There are 161 species of birds that depend upon the marshlands in this area for their survival. Native and migratory marsh birds need wetlands with less than two inches of water, and your development plan will flood the region.
I support the expansion of affordable housing for New Jersey residents, but not at the expense of essential species becoming extinct. The Green Pond development plan must be revised. Please consult with environmental experts to develop a logical compromise so that your company can do its job and respect the environment.
[Your Name Here]
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