Save Wildlife Habitat From Being Turned Into a Golf Course

Target: Catherine McCabe, Acting Commissioner, NJ Department of Environmental Protection

Goal: Help stop destruction of wildlife habitat to make way for a new golf course area.

Liberty National Golf Course in New Jersey is attempting to turn 21 acres of urban wilderness into another part of their course. Caven Point is a critical wildlife habitat zone, and is a rare public natural area. It serves as an educational area for hundreds of children, and as the last beachfront access for taxpayers. Liberty National is offering a “First Tee” program to help underprivileged children of New Jersey, but this is a sloppy attempt at appeasing citizens and conservationists without real care for public well-being.

Leasing the land to Liberty National will only exacerbate exploitation of the environment by the wealthy. This narrative is what has led to environmental degradation, environmental racism, and environmental injustice across the world. New Jersey has a chance to demonstrate that natural areas belong to the public to enjoy, not to companies to profit off of. Liberty National’s owner believes that expanding the golf course will attract more high-profile golf tournaments and boost the regional economy, but this is simply not feasible. The venue is too small to hold large tournaments, and even hosting minor events will not greatly impact the economy.

The New Jersey Department of Environment needs to reject this land lease proposal, and protect the urban wilderness area. Sign the petition below to call on the department to honor and protect its lands from corporate exploitation.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Ms. McCabe,

Liberty National Golf Course is requesting the Department of Environment to lease land in Liberty State Park to expand its golf course. This expansion will see three golf course holes moved to a critical wildlife habitat area, which serves as an outdoor classroom for hundreds of children, and as a public natural area for citizens. Liberty National claims that it will create a program for underprivileged youth in New Jersey on this land, but they already have undeveloped lands where they can make this plan possible.

I hope that you continue to protect state lands from corporate greed, helping steer the hegemony from exploitation to conservation. The New Jersey Department of Environment has a chance to prove that it cares more for its lands and citizens’ well-being than potential economic profit. Although the owner of Liberty National Golf Course claims that this development will attract major golf tournaments, this is not the case.

Three new added golf course holes will not qualify the golf course as a likely host for these tournaments. It is simply too small. The potential economic benefits of hosting more tournaments, even minor ones, are not significant to the regional economy. I urge you to reject the appeal to lease this land. This area should remain open to the public and wildlife, not to a privileged few.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Michael Karas

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10 Comments

  1. Remember the old adage, “the extinction of one is the extinction of the other.” We need to learn with nature, we are all connected.

    And a golf course, come on!

  2. Kristin Peterson says:

    Humans need to learn with nature and co exist with wildlife!
    You can’t have one without the other!
    We need to protect and preserve nature and our natural areas and preserve wildlife habitats for the protection of wildlife.

    Liberty National Golf Course needs to keep their greedy hands off the 21 acres of rare and beautiful land and expand else where!
    This land is home to alot of wildlife, it’s the last beach front access to taxpayers who want to be able to enjoy it, and it also serves as an educational area for hundreds of children so it needs to be left alone and kept as a natural habitat!

  3. It’s just not right to take away natural habitat for wild creatures. This piece of land is important in that it is not only a home to wild creatures but is is a great learning area for kids who may never experience a wild habitat if it were gone. We don’t need more golf courses. We need more places in which we can experience nature.

  4. NO GOLF COURSE IN WILDLIFE HABITAT.

  5. Lisa Allred says:

    Signed & Shared

  6. Of all the things we need here in the USA a golf course is not one of them. We have thousands of golf courses across this country already and if NJ is in need of yet one more then they need to find an unused patch of dirt and build one there, not in a critical wetland – how irresponsible and stupid of NJ.

  7. Gen Agustsson says:

    nature is so irreplaceable and there is no way to replace nature with anything artifical.

  8. Christopher Porter says:

    I’m sure the people of New Jersey would rather their children had a natural place to learn, than that yet another unnessesary golf course was built.

  9. THERE ARE WAY TOO MANY GOLF COURSES ALREADY.

  10. Agree – too many Golf Courses = too many have nothing to do!

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