Citizens Overwhelm Corporation

By Scott Camil In January 2014, we had a meeting to discuss what to do about Plum Creek’s (PC) plan to destroy wetlands, the wildlife corridor, the rural way of life that many of our citizens enjoy, and the Alachua County Comprehensive plan. Commissioner Mike Byerly, members of SSJ, EXCOM, […]

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NEWS FROM THE CONSERVATION CHAIR/ LEGISLATIVE LIAISON April 2016

By Whitey Markle LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP: THE END OF A TERRIBLE YEAR In 2014, 75 percent of voters said yes on amending the state Constitution to set aside part of the documentary stamp tax to buy fragile lands, important habitat, wetlands and water recharge areas. That’s more people than said yes […]


News from the Chair April 2016

This month a new surge of positive energy is in the air. It may be Spring, or it may be that after the BOCC meetings about the Plum Creek issue, we can somewhat take a rest, breathe and live our life in a more relaxed manner. Let’s wait and see […]


Tri-County Working Group Update March 2016

FEBRUARY 16 MEETING Dunnellon Public Library was the new evening meeting place Tuesday, February 16 for the Tri-county Working Group. The meeting welcomed some several new visitors to the group who were interested in our activities. To begin our meeting with positive news, we recognized the new national monuments that […]


News From the Chair March 2016

By Maryvonne Devensky This past week, two important BOCC meetings occurred to discuss the Plum Creek Envision Alachua Sector Plan. After County staff and Plum Creek people did their presentations, the floor was open to the public to comment. This community is full of people who are seriously concerned with […]


Conservation Report March 2016

By Whitey Markle PLUM CREEK I attended 2 solid nights of testimony at Eastside High School on February 16th and 18th and, at that point only 100 people had spoken out of nearly 300. So it looks like at least 2 more nights of testimony before the County Commission can […]


Plum Creek, Weyerhaeuser, and the Bottom Line

by James Thompson The giant timber-based Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) known currently as Plum Creek (PC, for short) is asking the people of Alachua County to modify our extensive Comprehensive Plan in order to build a new city on environmentally sensitive wetlands. County Staff and local observers vigorously recommend […]