Don’t Destroy Eagle ‘Hot Spot’ for Corporate Development

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Target: Ms. Martha Hall, Chairwoman of the Richmond County Planning Commission

Goal: Do not allow building and development in precious eagle habitat along the Rappahannock River.

One of the most biologically diverse, lush, and beautiful parts of the United States is about to be destroyed to build a golf course and a multitude of high-end, luxury homes. The area is a part of Richmond County in Virginia and is best known as the place where John Smith landed on his intrepid voyage to the Americas. Something must be done to protect this land, and the creatures who inhabit it, from development at the hands of a profit-hungry corporation.

The Diatomite Corporation of America wants to build an 18-hole golf course, a 116 room lodge, and 718 homes on land that is home to millions of animals and used by tens of thousands of eagles yearly. Biologist have called the area an eagle “magnet” thanks to its plentiful rivers, lush trees, and location along eagle migration routes. In this vain the director of the Center for Conservation Biology has said that there is no other place like it in the entire country and that the prolonged process of building the homes and the resort would permanently damage this important gathering place for eagles.

The United States almost wiped out all of its eagles once before, but was able to save them through conservation efforts. Now, it seems that one corporation is poised to start the country back down that path for the promise of a paycheck. It’s almost poetic that a corporation is willing to sacrifice the lives of these eagles for profit; it’s a perfect microcosm of the state of modern Capitalism and it must be stopped. Sign here to demand that the Richmond County Planning Commission not allow this land to be rezoned and developed under any circumstances.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Hall,

I understand that your commission will soon be hearing arguments and voting on an issue of great importance concerning a parcel of land along the Rappahannock River. I am writing to ask that you please ensure that this land is not rezoned or developed under any circumstances.

As you may or may not know, the land in question is home to millions of creatures and is used by tens of thousands of eagles for rearing their offspring. I understand that the eagle is no longer technically an endangered species, but that does not mean that it is suddenly open season on them. There is a reason that they were endangered in the first place, and that reason is human interference.

It seems almost fitting that a corporation is willing to sacrifice the lives of the symbol of this nation for profit. All these corporations care about are their bottom lines and they will destroy, demean, and defile anything they must to inflate them. Please ensure that this corporation is not allowed to develop this land, please protect the lives of millions of animals, and please preserve the natural beauty of this wonderful country.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Brian.Critzer

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2 Comments

  1. Hasn’t enough of this country been ruined by greed?! We have destroyed the environment with Big Energy, logging, development; destroyed ecosystems and wildlife. Golf courses are a waste of land, huge amounts of water (even in California with drought). The wealthiest want bigger and more homes, more lush gardens, more playgrounds–at the expense of everything and everyone else.
    Our capitalist society has encouraged the worship of money and selfishness. The health of our land, air, soil and wildlife is too important to ignore–but that’s, exactly what the U.S. is doing! We must stop destroying the health and beauty of our country! We must stop killing everything that we touch.

  2. Jane Morrow says:

    No! No! No! Build your houses and golf course somewhere else. Enough is enough. Stop selling out the environment and the creatures that depend on it for their very existence for a quick buck. This seems to be rife in the US.

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