Saturday, October 29, 2016

Camping in parks

(Sharon submitted the following to the editor of Real Change. It is posted here with her permission)

In his recent Director's Corner Timothy Harris suggests that the opposition to the proposal to allow unfettered homeless camping on public property, including city parks, came from "White, privileged homeowners". As a loyal, longtime supporter of Real Change, I want to point out that the opposition was broader than that. I have been working as a volunteer forest steward with the Green Seattle Partnership for the last 11 years at Lincoln Park. Our goal is to make Seattle a "healthy, livable city with a sustainable urban forest". A forest is more than beautiful trees. Healthy forests provide many vital ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration, reducing pollution and preventing erosion. Healthy urban forests are part of efforts to slow climate change. Forests are more than beautiful trees, they are a complex web of living organisms including the forest floor. Unfettered camping in urban forests could destroy years of hard work by thousands of dedicated volunteers. That would break our hearts! There are better alternatives to assure much needed shelter for our homeless fellow citizens. - Sharon Baker
Green Seattle Day in Lincoln Park 11/7/15
Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

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