Wild Delmarva: Best reason to vote no for RV Park

January 11, 2014

I am constantly amazed at the beauty of this region - especially as depicted in the Kevin Fleming photography book titled “Wild Delmarva.”  It captures stunning images of the wildlife and landscapes of this unique piece of America.  I urge the Sussex County Council to peruse the pictures and the words of this book before deciding on their vote on the Love Creek RV Park project.

If they can still approve the zoning change and conditional use to transform this pristine land into a parking lot for RV’s, they do a terrible disservice to nature, the wildlife and especially to the future generations who will see this region depreciated. I ask the council members (and the Lingos and the Townsends) to read the words of famous individuals quoted in the book - words which hammer home the point that we must protect the gifts of nature.  Present-day leaders would do well to heed these words if they wish to have a positive legacy.

Listed below are several of these quotes.  They exemplify the feelings of residents and visitors of Delmarva.

“If people destroy something replaceable made by mankind, they are called vandals; if they destroy something irreplaceable made by God, they are called developers.” - Joseph Wood Krutch

“We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us.  When we see land as a commodity to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” - Aldo Leopold

“Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man.” - Stewart Udall

“Wild beasts and birds are by right not the property merely of the people who are alive today, but the property of unknown generations, whose belongings we have no right to squander.” - Theodore Roosevelt

"The quicker we humans learn that saving open space and wildlife is critical to our welfare and quality of life, maybe we will start doing something about it.” - Jim Fowler

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead

Greg Kordal

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