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Audrey Rust never planned on a career saving open spaces

Original post made by Jay Thorwaldson, editor emeritus, on Mar 4, 2011

There's something about open land that draws one in, almost like a vacuum.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 4, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

But where will the people live?

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Posted by Peter
a resident of Palo Alto Orchards
on Mar 8, 2011 at 6:50 am

Walter -

We have cut down so many trees, destroyed so many natural streams, ruined the water quality of the bay all in the so called "advance" of humans. We barely know what it means to live in harmony with nature.
And eventually we may perish because as Chief Seattle said long ago "you can't eat $"

MROSD and POST are national treasures. Go for a hike Walter - and donate to MROSD and POST - it is the best $ you will ever spend.

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Posted by JT
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 8, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Jay and Audrey, what does POST do to get the land of aging property owners? Are there any implied threats about downzoning so that their land cannot be sold? How often does POST make "sales calls" on such property owners, trying to persuade them to sell to POST? What if the property owners tell POST to bug off, do the children of the property owners get leaned on? An honest report about POST's tactics would be interesting journalism. I won't hold my breath waiting for it, at least not in the Weekly.

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Posted by Jt
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 8, 2011 at 2:31 pm

One more thing -- saying we're running out of trees is a myth. In the early part of the 20th century, people cut down twice as many trees as they planted; now the United States grows 36% more trees than it harvests. Some researchers believe tree numbers are larger today than when Columbus arrived in 1492!

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Mar 8, 2011 at 5:28 pm

What's to keep the next generation of housing-hungry voters from "undedicating" any or all of our open space? It's only a matter of time before conservationists are hopelessly outnumbered by those who believe that wilderness or ranchland is anachronistic when the land could be put to so many "better" uses. Everyone is elite in their own way.