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Planning is key to saving wildlife
BY GLENN STORCH, NEW SMYRNA BEACH
August 24, 2011
I want to express my support for the Aug. 17 letter, "Stress wildlife safety."
The key for wildlife and habitat protection is long-term planning. This insures that wildlife crossovers are provided as part of the earliest planning for roads and the remaining large parcels as part of the comprehensive planning process.
I want to remind the public that the Farmton Local Plan design was based first on the creation of permanent habitat corridors and the creation of wildlife crossovers (overpasses and underpasses) on new and existing roads. Not only will the habitat corridors be protected, but wildlife crossings over and under the existing Maytown Road are required to be created.
I want to thank the writer for reminding us of the need to work together to avoid habitat fragmentation by the division of large tracts of property into smaller and smaller parcels, which inevitably occurs over time. There is no state or local public funding available to purchase the remaining habitat corridors, and without this public-private cooperation and encouragement to plan for the creation of habitat corridors and wildlife crossovers, it is only a matter of time before our wildlife corridors vanish.
Storch represents the Miami Corp., which owns the land in Brevard and Volusia counties slated to be developed as Farmton.