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Friday, November 29, 2002 The CATALINA ISLANDER Page 6 I wish to express my respect for Blanche Wrigley Schreiner for having the courage of her convictions, as evidenced in her letter to the editor, dated March 29, 2002. As I was still mulling over my thoughts and scribbling copious notes, she stated clearly and succinctly the essence of my sentiments regarding the Conserva cy's wholesale eradication and extermination five-generation early island families mentioned in her letter and I care about Catalina passionately. I also believe that the Conservancy, properly implemented is the best means we have of preserving Catalina's unique character. But something has gone awry. Several years ago, when I considered donating to the Conservancy and volunteering as the purported evils of the eucalyptus tree. Despite my inquiries, no one within the Conservancy responded. I did, however speak with other people knowledgeable in the field. Their responses led to my growing concerns over the goals of the Ecological Restoration Department and the need for some of its activities, albeit sanctioned by the Board of Directors. Today, I have many more serious concerns. I understand that the goal of the Ecological Restoration Department is to return the Island program. I am from one of the well, I had questions regarding to its "natural" state. I also Roberto Martin Jr David Rome, Mando Lopez, Danny Rome, Joe understand that the precise date at Saldana, Nick Ludlow and Joe Saldana Jr. While playing In a which Catalina was deemed birthday tournament at Date Palm Golf Course In Cathedral City, Joe Saldane chalked up his lOth hole-in-one. On a windy Nov. 9, "natural is based on guidelines Joe used his 5-wood to hit Into s heavy head wind on the 167 concerning California in general, yard second hole. This was Joe's 2nd hole-in-one this year. However, not all of California has undergone the same stages of are a few: ate lunch and then headed human impact on the -the impact of thousands ofstraight to the miniature golf environment, nor have thesegallons of herbicide pumped into park! It's a big draw for a family stages oecured at the same time. the soil, as it runs off into like ours. Clean fun for the entire Judging from the photographs surrounding marine life group! A lush, nature setting to INEW that date from the mid 1880s, -the impact of dust from over 70 have fun and sport at the mini- LISTING When my grandparents came to Conservancy (and Institute for golf course is a prime Catalina ,Duplex - 2 Bedroom, 1 live in C.ata]ina, even Avalon was Wildlife "Study") vehicle, s landmark. I Bath Plus Studio barren at that time. As on other -the impact of hundreds of animal Please don't destroy it! We love ] I [,Apartment. Buy2fortho Channel Islands, this was due, in carcasses left to rot (i.e. it! The world doesn t need I / I P.ce of part, to overgrazing by sheep, infestations of flies and bees) another parking lot or Vons! | I,SHARP1 But Catalina's "original" state -increasing numbers of KathleenLaurice was, by virtue of its latitude, rattlesnakes and weeds if there Montecito, CA l . %: /! BEDR M somewhat drier than its more amno aninnds to cat the eggs and I Saturday & SundayI I CONDO northern neighbors. I wish my the weeds O I L I I Pool, Spa & Off Street, grandparents could see Avalon -the inability of foxes to Letters t I INovcmDur I [ Parking. Priced to Sell. ' today. It is far more verdant and successfially suckle their young in JL",P i ,t r I sad I [ Furnished, Includes Golf beautiful then when they first squirrel size cages 111 ;: L U t rut [ ]l a,r, rnh r 1 [ i GreatGetaway sailed into the bay. Although I -the very tow rate of success in l=.w==, I = I ! Rental Inoomo. certainlyWould'nt want to see the reintroducing the bald eagle (read IJoouy I 1 1 am - 3 pm I I DENSITY BONUS interior of Catalina turned into a article on how Santa Cruz -- suburban garden, where is the Conservancy hopes to benefit [ New - I I UNIT harm in a variety of shade trees? from mistakes made on Catalina) The Catalina Islander 1 Bedroom 2 Bath. If these plants, which did not If I were a benefactor of the welcomes letters to the editor "Catafina Tile' ShL,'t Harbor View make the cut off date, are non- invasive and not harmful to the growth of the earlier arrivals, why must they be eradicated? Why must even "potentially" invasive plants be wiped out. I believe a non-invasive balance can be struck between native and beautiful. Among my concerns today, here I I. i I i i iii i FREE reg. Premium Coffee with purchase of any Fresh Baked Goodie 6:30 am to 9:30 am Daily Cinnamon Rolls - Croissants . Puff Pastry Danish - Muffins Cookies oor eatin Conservancy I would have many more questions as to how my money was being appropriated. Operating in a closed circuit fashion without full accountability to benefactors and grantors of government funds is irresponsible and despotic. In my vision of the Conservancy as our best hope for preserving Catalina's fragile eco-balance, accountability is essential. I also believe that the character of Catalina derives from the many cultures and unique individuals (Blanche, you are one of them), who have left their imprint on the Island, affirming that NOT ALL HUMAN INTERVENTION IS BAD! Barbara Gogny Pacific Palisades, CA My family arrived yesterday for our annual Catalina vacation. We representing all viewpoints on issues pertaining to the Island. Views expressed do not necessarily represent the view of The Catalina Islander or its staff. All letters must include name, address and phone number for verification pur- poses. Letters which do not. include the above informatio9 will not be considered for publication. Addresses and phone numbers will not be published. Anonymous letters will not be accepted, although names may be with held from publication. Send no copies please, letters should be the exclusive property of The Catalina Islander We reserve the right to edit letters for space, gram- mar and legal requirements. Crescent Ave.