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Action alert: Help save the UCF Arboretum PDF Print E-mail
Written by sonia stephens   
Wednesday, January 19 2011

In Fall 2010, the University of Central Florida Administration requested the conservation easement status be lifted from the eight acres of UCF's main campus known as the Arboretum.

 

As reported in out January/February issue of the Sierran, the Arboretum is an important teaching tool and helps tie UCF's environmental commnuity together. Sierra was involved in previous litigation to force UCF to pay a fine for not restoring this designated conservation land. Now, UCF wants to "swap" out this parcel for an inaccessable piece that's already designated for conservation, and is not accessable to students.

 

UCF has only held one informational meeting with students, over Thanksgiving week (when most students are visiting family)- they also notified only a small subset of sudents, and only gave them three days' notice. The non-student community was never notified about this proposal.

 

To learn more about this issue, see our articles in this month's issue of the Sierran. You can also find more out at the Florida School of Holistic Living's site (including a video). Please at least sign this online petition.

 

You can also email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it with the St Johns Water Management District and Governor Rick Scott directly.  Email them both.  Don't forget to forward your concerns to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

CONTACTS:
Mr. Kirby Green, Executive Director
St. Johns River Water Management District
P.O. Box 1429, Palatka, FL 32178-1429   (386) 329-4500

Governor Rick Scott
400 S. Monroe St. Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
(850) 488-5394

UCF CONTACTS:
Vice President William Merck -Administration and Finance
Associate Vice President Lee Kernek -Facilities and Safety
4000 Central Florida Blvd., Orlando, Florida, 32816   (407) 823-3812

 

Thank you for your efforts- whatever you can do about this individually will help Sierra block this destructive action!

Last Updated ( Wednesday, January 19 2011 )
 
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