Clear cut­ting land ter­ri­ble for en­vi­ron­ment

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

With all of the up­roar over the pos­si­ble cre­ation of a Mat­ta­woman Creek Wa­ter­shed Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict, I found it dis­con­cert­ing to see a huge clear cut of forested land at the in­ter­sec­tion of Route 228 and Mill Hill Road. This de­struc­tion of a large sec­tion of for­est in the Mat­ta­woman Creek Wa­ter­shed was per­pe­trated at the height of bird nest­ing sea­son. Who knows how many nests and baby birds were de­stroyed? Charles County has a hor­ri­ble record of al­low­ing de­vel­op­ers to clear cut woods when­ever they de­velop land. While other ju­ris­dic­tions seem to be able to build en­tire de­vel­op­ments while pre­serv­ing most of the trees, Charles County de­vel­op­ers kill ev­ery liv­ing thing on huge sec­tions of prop­erty. The worst of these de­vel­op­ers are the builders of St. Charles who never saw a tree they couldn’t de­stroy. Whether a Wa­ter­shed Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict is ever ap­proved or not, Charles County must stop al­low­ing de­vel­op­ers to clear cut en­tire prop­er­ties. Trees must be pre­served at all costs or we will lose what is left of the wildlife that makes Charles County a beau­ti­ful place. Mak­ing things easy and prof­itable for de­vel­op­ers is not a rea­son to kill off the wildlife and forests of Charles County. Steven W. Bren­nan,


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