There is an excellent op-ed by Jay Burney in the Buffalo News calling for the preservation of Times-Beach Nature Preserve. The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. (ECHDC) announced development plans to create a condo community, endangering this significant and rare wildlife habitat:
“When the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. (ECHDC) conducted its very short-term public engagement process regarding Outer Harbor development last summer, many of us were stunned to find that the “final option” presented by the consultants involved creating a new private condo community around the Times Beach Nature Preserve, including in Wilkeson Pointe Park.
We were stunned because many of us, including Times Beach Nature Preserve advocates, have been working on Outer Harbor issues for decades. We participated at every public opportunity provided by the ECHDC. The announced development plan would significantly impact Times Beach Nature Preserve. The plan ignores the nature preserve, the reasons that it is a nature preserve and the importance of protecting and continuing it as a nature preserve.” (Buffalo News)
Please sign the petition to save Times-Beach and the Outer Harbor.