suggestions urgently needed
sschenk at JSD.CLAREMONT.EDU
Tue Aug 13 12:00:37 EST 1996
If two heads are better than one, I hope hundreds can work miracles!
I need ideas about how to save our field station from development and I'm
hoping there may be some good suggestions from the list. The Claremont
colleges consist of 5 undergraduate colleges and a graduate school. The
last college was built in the 60's and the presidents very much want
to build another to continue the "Group Plan".
The colleges own a small golf course situated, as is the field station,
on land given in trust for educational use, and an 80 acre gravel pit.
Both are nearby and could be developed but, although the planners have
been instructed to consider all three locations, several powerful people
would much prefer to build on the Station.
The Station is directly across a busy, four-lane road from one of the
colleges and consists of 85 acres of coastal sage scrub, oak woodland,
annual grassland, and a small man-made lake. Because it is in the middle
of the city, a 15 minute walk from the heart of the combined campus,
we are able to use it in our large introductory courses as well as in the
advanced classes, and for faculty and student research. At only 85 acres,
the loss of even a few acres would mean extinctions.
We do not oppose college expansion. However, a number of us feel it
would be extremely shortsighted to replace such an unusual and valuable
resource for undergraduate education with the concrete and brick of a
graduate school of biology and engineering when other sites are available.
A Master Plan is being developed now to site this and other new ventures.
Because much of the academic community and most of the residents of
Claremont are unaware of what the Field Station is, we have started a
newsletter, planned open house tours, a web site, a public library display,
materials for the school district, and letters to the local
paper when appropriate. We're also asking for letters of support from
people in and out of academia (suggestions as to who might support us
would be appreciated).
So, do you have any suggestions that might help us save the Station?
How do we convince them of its value? Moral support also gratefully accepted.
sschenk at jsd.claremont.edu
Joint Science Dept
The Claremont Colleges
925 N. Mills Ave
Claremont, CA 91711-5916
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