Sierra Club WTC

Robbruno robbruno at
Wed Sep 17 19:49:12 EST 1997


Contact: Deborah Katz @ 703-534-5375 or debkatz at	
	Roger Diedrich @ 703-352-2410 or roger.diedrich at

	WHO:	The Sierra Club
with supporting groups; Piedmont Environmental Council, Coalition for
Smarter Growth, CARDS and Save Our Battlefields 
WHAT:	Press Conference, Rally and Walk to announce opposition to the
Western Transportation Corridor (WTC), and proposed suburban sprawl in Virginia

WHERE:	Manassas Battlefield area saved from Disney development
	Conway Robinson State Forest (picnic area), just east of Haymarket
and Gainesville on Rt. 29

WHEN:	Saturday, September 20 at 1:00 p.m. (rain or shine) 

PHOTO	:Rally and protestors with signs and banners against a back drop
of national forest that is proposed to be destroyed by expansion of the
WTC.  Short walk will highlight major natural sites to be eliminated by
construction of roadway, including historical land and trees of the
Mannassas Battlefield Park area.

The Virginia Dept of Transportation is considering the construction of a
$1.5 billion highway that would run from I-95 near Fredericksburg, to Route
7 east of Leesburg, called the Western Transportation Corridor (WTC).  As
part of  the Sierra Club's campaign, Sprawl Costs Us All, the organization
is holding a rally to build awareness of the costly WTC.  Additionally, the
EPA, Army Corps of Engineers and the National Parks oppose the development
of the "outer beltway".  Together with concerned citizens, Sierra Club will
be voicing their opposition to the proposed suburban sprawl and highway
development.  Speakers, historians and local citizens will provide insight
and information regarding the history, wildlife and ecosystems of the area
and impacts of the proposed highway.

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