Citizen's Primer for Conservation Activism: How to Fight by Judith Perlman

By Judith Perlman

Is there something you are able to do whilst improvement threatens your neighborhood wooded area, seashore, prairie, or wetland? convinced, there's. throughout the US, citizen activists are scuffling with and successful battles opposed to undesirable improvement of their personal groups. that will help you face up to the city sprawl and absentee landowners which can damage small cities and towns alike, this booklet is a realistic, hands-on consultant for development a grassroots crusade to defeat bad improvement. Written via a profitable activist, Citizen's Primer for Conservation Activism takes you thru all of the steps essential to cease unplanned improvement on your neighborhood: choosing the problems at stake; getting concerned and constructing management; Devising a technique; Hiring and dealing with criminal suggestions; development coalitions and partnerships; Influencing neighborhood executive; accomplishing a media crusade; elevating funds; Countering developer strategies; dealing with the entire technique; With the confirmed concepts during this easy-to-access e-book, you could quick apparatus as much as problem undesirable improvement and defend the nature of your area people.

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32 C I T I Z E N ’ S P R I M E R F O R C O N S E R VAT I O N A C T I V I S M Exactly what can I do? A lot! 1. Start with gathering the information described in Chapter One. 2. Go to public meetings and monitor what occurs, even if you do not participate. Government officials act different when they know they are being watched. 3. Go to meetings and speak up. Let them know there is citizen concern and dissent. 4. Lobby your local officials. Whether it is board, plan commission, or committee, call members and talk to them.

This helped open the eyes of some people in the village about the real practices of some developers. 17. Local historians, who told us the history of the bridge at Fischer Creek, explained the use of the land as a military route in the last century, and described other historical features of the land. This information adds color and drama to a dry discussion. 18. Local Native American experts, who discussed the location of burial mounds in the area and other aspects of the land important to Native Americans.

We could not delay annexation forever, facing repeated annexation votes, if the land were just sitting there. Our only realistic hope for permanently defeating development was to purchase the land for conservation. Given the amount of money needed and the short time frame, we looked to government. The state and county had shown a lot of interest through the years, but negotiations always seemed to fizzle. We had to push the Department of Natural Resources and county to get their act together and buy the parcel as a park.

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