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Open Space, Conservation, and Preservation

by Dawn Marie Carlson

posted in News and Society

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The mountaintop view was thrilling. While witnessing the valley from the mountain I saw a different perspective; one of open space, conservation, and preservation. I thought about how large our city spreads over so many miles and how blessed we are with abundant open space.
To see expanses of greenery in our suburban setting vs. a more urban concrete landscape made me feel proud that our community knows that this is a healthier environment.
In our city and our county, our planners and voters preserved open space for the enjoyment of its community members to wander, dream, inspire, and to release our worldly concerns. It's working.
Pockets of open space are broad and sometimes small but just the right size for people to have enough elbow room to share some greenery, sunlight, shade, wildflowers, boulders, wildlife, grasslands, and woodlands. In our region, we do not have to travel a great distance to find this green relief.
We preserved most of the ridge tops without housing or office buildings growing on them. Instead, they are ridges with forests, woodlands, grassy meadows, and hiking trails for humans, dogs, horses, and bicyclists to exercise, relax, decompress, and to play.
We have local nature organizations that preserve open space for native plants and wildlife in the form of marshlands, which are a vital chain in a healthy ecosystem. While others return former dairy cow meadows into green belts surrounding communities. We secured natural woodlands, pockets of redwood forests, beaches, streams, creeks, and lakes for future generations to visit and recreate.
It is an ongoing business to conserve and preserve our natural environment in our community. We are all responsible for these natural landscapes to maintain a healthy ecosystem, which includes humans, not merely wildlife and natural habitats.
In the last century, we reserved large parcels of open space while some most recently as the last month by forward thinking people.
Through our conservation, we saved bird nesting sites, wildflowers, butterflies, elk preserves, clapper rails, native grasses, sand dunes, redwood trees, and additional forms of wildlife and habitat species that are thriving in their environment and playing their role in the natural ecosystem.
"In matters of style, swim with the current, in matters of principle, stand like a rock." --Thomas Jefferson.
Take some time to see a different perspective, your new view will be inspiring in matters of principle through conservation and preservation of our open space.
About the Author: Dawn Marie Carlson. Please visit and subscribe to my Dawn to Dusk Blog on my website at http://www.DawnToDuskEnterprises.com.

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