The Episcopal Church was willed a 400 acre tract of Eastern hardwood forest just outside of Washington, DC with restrictions that it never be timbered or sold. The forest has the densest population of nesting interior dwelling forest songbirds ever recorded in the U.S! The same birds are losing habitat in Central and South America. This virgin tract of the Woods is so exceptional that National Geographic once photographed it to demonstrate what North America looked like at the time of the Pilgrims.
Over $3 million was left to cover maintenance and to benefit charitable pursuits of the Church, but with development pressures pushing the value of the property to over $10 million, Church bureaucrats have been unable to resist breaking the Will and attempting to build houses.
A massive campaign is underway to stop these development plans, save the songbirds, and restore the entire old growth area (since the Church selectively logged part of it for veneer, after breaking the donorís will in a sympathetic court.) We are going to conduct a demonstration on August 27 at the General Convention of Episcopalians (the equivalent of the Sierra Club Circus) with over 5000 conferees.
All Sierrans are invited to attend. We need housing in Indianapolis. For more info, and letter writing targets, send your mailing address to Larry Bohlen, Conservation Chairman, Maryland Chapter over CCMAIL or to P.O. Box 1227/ College Park MD 20741.
Episcopalians are especially encouraged to write for obvious reasons.
We are calling on Episcopalian leadership to honor their own pledge to: "passionately care for the Earth, striving to live into the promises and mandates which are ours as stewards of creation."
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