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Sep 2004

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY LAND ACQUISITION BOND REFERENDUM

    One year ago, our program was a presentation by Beth Powell, IRC Conservation Land Manager.  As you probably are aware, with this past year's acquisition (finally!) of the Lost Tree Islands, Indian River County has spent almost the entire $26 million bond that voters approved back in the early 1990's.  On this year's ballot in November, you will have the chance to vote once again on a new bond issue for the continuing acquisition of more conservation lands in the county.
    Our guest will be Ken Grudens, the new Executive Director of the Indian River Land Trust.  Ken will give a presentation about what voters will be asked to approve on the November 2nd ballot.  He will also give an overview of the benefits of protecting environmentally sensitive lands in our area.
    The meeting will be on Tuesday, September 28, 7:30 PM at the North Indian River County Library in Sebastian.  All are welcome and refreshments will be served following the program.

40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WILDERNESS ACT

    "Forty years ago, LBJ was President, America was embroiled in the Vietnam War, the Beatles were on the Ed Sullivan Show, and our country was about to receive a gift of incomparable value."
    "The gift was the Wilderness Act of 1964, passed September 3.  The world had never seen legislation like this: A deliberate and visionary effort to protect from development vast areas of wild places, and to keep them that way for the enjoyment of all Americans of every generation."
    "'Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed.'  - Wallace Stegner, The Wilderness Letter"

source: The Wilderness Society "WILDALERT" newsletter, August 19, 2004

1ST ANNUAL GOBY FESTIVAL

    The Coastal Preservation Alliance is a new non-profit organization that was formed to support the five "preserves" in the central and northern areas of the Indian River Lagoon, including the recently realigned St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park (formerly the St. Sebastian River Buffer Preserve).
    The Goby Fest will be the first annual nature festival to help support these five preserves.  The event will have numerous activities to educate and entertain folks, and there will be live music and a bar-b-que too!
    The event takes place Saturday, November 13, 2004 from 10 AM to 4 PM at the southern entrance to the St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, next to the North County Aquatics Center off route 512.  For more information, visit the Alliance's website at: www.nbbd.com/npr/cpa or give them a call at 321-953-5004.