Sunday, March 09, 2008

Save Our Pines

This video was prepared by the local organization, Save Our Pines.  The beach and picnic areas at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park are among the most popular spots in Key West.  Read about the struggle between the Florida Division of Parks and Recreation, part of the Department of Environmental Protection, and the citizens of Key West and of the Florida Keys who oppose the destruction of the shade provided by pine trees.

4 comments:

Mark P. said...

Fort Zach is such a nice place to visit. I hate to hear that blind and deaf bureaucracy may destroy it.

Mark P.
Russell. KY

Conchscooter said...

That video convinced me after some exended fence sitting. $275,000 at a time when PACE is shut down?

Anonymous said...

Australian Pines are an invasive species. Historic photos of Ft Zachary Taylor from as early as 50 years ago reveal no Australian Pines. People tend to pick and choose environmental laws to fit their personal desires over those of what makes sense. A better plan would be to REMOVE the pines and replace them with indigineous species for future generations to enjoy. A gradual "management" plan to remove pines over time rather than all at once strikes the right balance.

David Lybrand said...

The anonymous poster has repeated the "boilerplate" reason that the beaurocrats give for removing the pines, but just like them (or maybe being one of them) doesn't look at the whole picture....

The WHOLE AREA west of Fort Zach is artificial land. It was created by dredging the channels around Key West. Since it was NEVER a location of "indigenous" plants to start with, there can be no claim that it has been a problem for anything indigenous.

The problem with the "removal over time" idea is that nobody wants to pay for "equivalent" replacements. In the first area where the pines were removed, they were mostly replaced with 4 or 5 foot high sea-grapes. It will be many years before they'll ever come close to providing a shaded rec area anything like what was there before. But who wants to put up tax money for a bunch of 20 or 30 foot high trees?

There ARE places along the coast of Florida (eg, in Palm Beach County) where historic Australian Pines have been allowed to remain along A1A. There's no reason this location can't be treated the same.

 
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