Wednesday, March 3, 2021
March 3, 2021

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Letter: Protect Innovation Center site

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I am certain the city of Vancouver Urban Forestry Commission is aware of the proposed devastation the Vancouver Innovation Center will bring to one of the last natural habitats in our area. There are many bigleaf maple trees within the development site that are worthy of consideration for Heritage Tree status. I believe it is imperative that the Forestry Commission review the site from a hands-on, eyes-on perspective to identify these magnificent trees and require their preservation.

This wooded area is home to many mammals and birds that will be gone from the area if the developers are allowed to proceed as planned. I have seen bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, owls and countless species of songbirds that depend on this area for habitat. Yesterday I saw what I believe to be a sharp-shinned hawk — not a common sight. If there is one, there are probably more. And if there are more, they are all in desperate need of habitat.

It is our responsibility, as stewards of the land, to protect those who cannot protect themselves, and to be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. Please do everything in your power to not let this habitat be taken. These creatures were here before Lewis and Clark, and they deserve to remain here, long after we are gone.

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