Target: N. Gunter Guy Jr., Commissioner of Conservation for the Alabama Department of Natural Resources and Conservation
Goal: Stop the potential development of a proposed hotel project in a coveted state park.
A treasured state park is at risk of destruction due to the proposed construction of a hotel complex within the park grounds. The park is a coveted wilderness that supports a variety of plants and wildlife, and the hotel would negatively impact the natural habitat by construction, noise pollution, and an increase in traffic. Action must be taken now to stop this hotel development. Natural land, wildlife, and nature’s integrity are at stake.
Oak Mountain State Park, Alabama’s largest state park, is under attack by the proposal for a new hotel complex. With a price tag of nearly $40 million, the lodging complex would contain 175 rooms, 20,000 square feet of meeting space, and a 10,000-square-foot ballroom. The hotel’s construction and existence will cause contaminating runoff into the park’s water sources, become an eyesore for outdoor enthusiasts, and result in an increase in vehicle traffic. The fragile watersheds within the park would also be impacted by the development, as the hotel would exacerbate the already troublesome flooding conditions.
This potential project is only proposed for the purpose of profit. Land designated for state parks should be cherished and protected, not demolished for monetary gain. Hotels already exist near the state park’s entrance. There is no need for a large lodging complex inside the park because the nearby hotels are not operating at full capacity. By signing this petition, you are urging Alabama’s Commissioner of Conservation to reject any possibility of a lodging complex inside Oak Mountain State Park.
Dear Commissioner Guy,
The Oak Mountain State Park is at risk by the potential construction of a massive lodging complex. This project will destroy the treasures of Oak Mountain. Coveted for recreational activities such as hiking, biking, and fishing, the hotel would become an eyesore for outdoor enthusiasts just seeking a natural place to escape. Also, the park is home to a variety of native plants and wildlife. Development within the park would destroy plant life and disturb precious wildlife habitat.
With 175 rooms, 20,000 square feet of meeting space, and a 10,000-square-foot ballroom, this lodging complex’s price tag is an estimated $39 million. Millions of dollar should not be spent destroying Alabama’s largest state park. The hotel will cause an increase in traffic on the major highway, which will only increase the amount of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. Construction in the park would result in a loss of habitat, an increase in noise pollution, and an increase of contaminating runoff into the park’s lakes and waterways. No aspect of this hotel is good for Oak Mountain. Please take action to protect this treasured land and reject the possibility of this development within Oak Mountain State Park.
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