Letters to the Editor

Stop devouring natural habitat

I am appalled at the foolish expansion of commercial and residential development into our farm lands and natural habitats here on Whidbey Island and on Camano Island.

In reference to the chamber’s website, how can we promote such natural beauty and “bucolic” environments while we allow urban sprawl to devour our farmland and natural habitat?

Please do not allow further westward expansion of the Oak Harbor Urban Growth Area. It will result in the cutting off of the natural habitat corridor to the north end of Whidbey Island from the rest of the island and put further stress upon the native animals and plants of our island. Further expansion of urban (and suburban) development of our islands will diminish the qualities of island life that we all enjoy and the quality of our lives here and the quality of the experiences that draw people to our county as visitors.

Finally, I beg you to consider the watershed of Swan Lake. It is already overdeveloped. The roads and Country Club, the soccer fields and sub-developments from Fort Nugent Road to State Route 20 already adversely affect the water quality of the lake, one of the most valuable natural habitats on the north end of Whidbey Island. Further destruction of the native habitat of the watershed will result in a permanent degradation of the quality of life on Whidbey Island. We will all be diminished if the destruction of our native habitat here on the island is allowed to continue.

Vern M. Pederson

Oak Harbor

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