Target: Tim Taylor, Chair of Vermont’s District #3 Environmental Commission
Goal: Save fertile farmland from a massive development project.
Productive agricultural land could be destroyed forever by a proposal to construct a colossal development center that would include residential housing, office space, manufacturing space, a fitness and recreational center, hotel and conference center, and a visitor’s center. Once development takes over our vital farmland, there is no way of reversing the process. Food security should be a main priority, not the creation of more meaningless development. We must take action to protect our diminishing farmland.
Known as the Green Mountain Center, this proposed development is near a rural town in the state of Vermont. If approved, construction for Green Mountain Center will destroy 173 acres of farmland, roughly the same area as 17 football fields. The project will be constructed over 20 years and local residents will suffer from an increase in traffic and noise pollution due to this lengthy construction time frame. Once the center is built, investors anticipate about 500,000 visitors a year. This quiet, rural, and scenic highway exit will become a busy tourist trap.
Farmland in the United States is struggling. Although we live on extremely fertile soils, we take this for granted. Nearly every hour, 50 acres of farm and ranch land is lost. We cannot reclaim land once concrete takes over. Since 1982, the United States has lost 24 million acres of agricultural land to development. If we don’t have land for farms, we don’t have food.
The developers behind Green Mountain Center try to rationalize the destruction of farmland by proposing off-site mitigation. This means that they can destroy this farmland and save other farmland in a different part of the state. We should not justify development’s destructive actions on this land; all farmland should be protected. By signing this petition, you are demanding that the Chair of Vermont’s Environmental Commission for District #3 deny the request to build this massive and destructive development center.
Dear Chairman Taylor,
The Green Mountain Center is a destructive development project. The rural and scenic area of Randolph will be compromised by this colossal plan. Residents nearby will suffer from an increase in traffic and noise pollution due to the 20-year construction of this massive complex. Furthermore, the development project will destroy precious farmland by occupying nearly 173 acres, or roughly the size of 17 football fields, of agricultural land. In the United States, we are lucky to have naturally fertile soil for our crops. Why should we destroy such a good thing?
Since 1982, 24 million acres of U.S. agricultural land has been lost due to development. If we don’t have fertile soils to grow our crops, we don’t have food. Once concrete is put in place, there is no reclaiming this precious farmland. I am urging you to please deny the request to develop the Green Mountain Center. Protect our fertile farmland and ensure food security for Vermont residents.
[Your Name Here]
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