Birding in B.C.
is Environmental Action Month
Looks to Eliminate Protections for Roadless Areas In National Forests
Continuing Adventures of a Very Bad Birder
Scotia and Newfoundland Highlights
Program and Field Trip Schedule
By Susan Bird
“Preserve Brevard” is a citizen’s group that
has been formed to promote a referendum for the November 2004 ballot.
The referendum will provide additional funding to the Environmentally
Endangered Lands Program. This funding will help complete important
land conservation goals throughout Brevard County. The referendum
will allow for the acquisition and preservation of critical linkages
between already conserved lands, while helping to preserve valuable
water recharge areas, species and habitats.
Passage of the Preserve Brevard referendum will provide continued
funding of the very successful Environmental Endangered Lands (EEL)
Programs that was approved by voters in 1990. This programs responsible
for the purchase of the Enchanted Forest, the Cruickshank Sanctuary
in Rockledge and other properties in Brevard. To complete the projects
selected by the EEL program and provide for long-term maintenance
of the properties, we need to assure funding now. You only need
to look around you to know that in a short time unspoiled natural
property will be unavailable and unaffordable.
The referendum will fund the EEL program through the collection
of a property tax of .2085 mills, which equates to approximately
20 cents on every $1000 of taxable property value. As an example,
you would pay about $17 per year for a homestead property assessed
at $107,850. The start of the Preserve Brevard millage will coincide
with the end of the Beach and River front program. The net result
is there should be no increase in your tax to continue the support
of land acquisition in Brevard.
For Preserve Brevard to be successful your support is needed. Your
contribution of time and or money is needed to educate the public
about this opportunity. Donations may be sent to Preserve Brevard,
3726 Prescot St., Titusville, Fl 32796. You can also visit the Preserve
Brevard Web site, http://www.preservebrevard.org
or call me (321-631-1746) with questions or to volunteer some time.