Friends and Neighbors of West Seattle,
Please consider sharing and signing this petition to say NO to the recent Parks Department proposal to “develop” our remaining forests and natural areas. Schmitz Preserve Park is among the list of parks threatened by these Supplemental Use Guidelines, along with Fauntleroy Park, Seola Park, Longfellow Creek, the West Duwamish Greenbelt and many other greenspaces throughout our city. We have until Thursday, July 16 to submit written testimony.
These shortsighted guidelines would establish a streamlined process for “developing” our forests into recreational facilities that can be operated by commercial businesses. According to the proposal, an unelected group of bureaucrats within the Parks Department, called the “Parks Planning and Development Division” would have the power to decide which forests are protected and which ones are “developed.”
See the Seattle Nature Alliance website for more information:
This is about habitat.
We have worked hard to restore and protect these ecosystems for wildlife habitat and for the enjoyment of all. We have precious little of our forests and wetlands remaining – and once it’s gone, it’s hard to get it back. Our low-impact trail system is the only sustainable way to preserve these sensitive habitats for future generations.
This is about environmental justice.
Our urban forests and natural areas provide many people with their only opportunity to access nature – for free, regardless of income, physical ability or access to resources (cars). Contrary to what the proposed guidelines state, the commercialized development of our greenspaces is not an equitable way for us to share and experience nature.
Please support the Seattle Nature Alliance in rejecting the Supplemental Use Guidelines. Neighborhood groups, environmental organizations and hundreds of people throughout the city have also signed the petition. We invite you to join us.
You can also support our effort by writing directly to the Board of Parks Commissioners, urging them to reject the Supplemental Use Guidelines. Send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dylan Thomas Mendenhall
Green Seattle Partnership