Leo was lion. He knew what was going on in this county and was willing to speak up when things were both right and wrong. Agree with him or not you left his presence more aware of what you were doing and how it affected our community. Leo cared deeply about this county and put his money and his mouth where he thought it would do the most. Even though I would always get an earful of criticism and a drop of praise I knew it was well deserved. Rest in Peace my friend.
This is a great approach. Maybe not a permanent solution but finally the inertia of stagnation has been broken. Kudos to all who worked on this!
This will be one of the keys to dealing with some of our main contributors to crime, homelessness, families coming apart etc. In patient services are far more successful than outpatient services in solving substance abuse and ultimately more cost effective. These programs just have not been available to many that really need them.
The ability to offer in patient programs will help all of us not just those with substance abuse issues. Our government is not going to solve all our problems but with this is one we could sure use some help.
Did Nicholas just say the reason Ron was in prison was just to pay the salaries of the prison guards? Wow!
Ron was extremely influential in getting grants for a lot of projects many of them now need a lot of fixing. The worst of them are built on incredibly faulty "Lavalley science".
Regarding the plover, by his continuous threat to sue the county if we did not bend to his will is a shameful example of a rouge biologist.
Was some of his work Ok? Maybe. But now we are going to have to question all of it.
Personally I am glad he has a friend. We all need them. He just cannot be trusted for a lot more reasons than what he got prosecuted and convicted for.
In Mr. Lavalley's 1999 snowy plover report there is a picture of a plover nest in European beach grass. He misidentified it as a native grass suggesting that the European variety needed to be removed. That misrepresentation has cost hundreds of acres of historically productive breeding habitat that was torn up by either bulldozers or hand crews. The plover has not been helped at all and at Little River (Clam) Beach only one year out of the last ten has there been any chicks even hatched.
His senseless promotion of habitat destruction has cost us millions and has cost migrating birds and native species precious sanctuaries. Although he did not act alone.
I can't say if he intentionally misidentified the grass that was helping plovers but he certainly should have corrected that misrepresentation long ago. What is most disturbing is his total lack of remorse.
What is painfully ironic is the birds he and we all love are worse off because of his deception.
Linda and I both enjoy the dunes and care about them. What should be noted is the change in management that has been taking place without any public process.
Original permits recognized that erosion and destabilization would occur after digging out the naturalized grasses unless specific mitigation measures were adhered to. The disregard for those requirements has subsequently left a lot of erosion and destabilized dunes. That should be of particular concern with projected sea level changes and increased storm intensities.
Instead we are somehow being fed a spin that this erosion and destabilization is somehow beneficial to us with nothing to back such a ridiculous claim.
Meanwhile several significant University studies done by our neighbors to the north all point to the benefit that our beach grass provides for coastal protection and to Native plants! Our very own Andrea Pickart (92) wrote that the beachgrass builds extensive wetlands. Simple math will tell us that subtracting the grass will give us less wetlands.
Since many of these issues have been brought up, those still intent on stripping our dunes have refused to engage in a public forum to address these legitimate concerns. FOD would take great strides in gaining credibility if they would support what they had agreed to years ago, transparent and open engagement with the public.
To suggest this is about riding horses is flat out ridiculous. But it should be noted that our "Friends" tried very hard to close long established trails until the county made it clear that doing so was illegal.
LaValley has cost our community millions and discredited the incestuous biological community. First he created a non profit MRB research then handed that over to his pal Mark Coldwell who then made sure Ron's new for profit company MRB would get grant monies channeled to him. Probably not illegal but since Prof Coldwell is also known as Prof Plover it is just another example of incestuous-ness.
There is still no peer reviewed science to support the many claims LaValley made that forced land managers to create ineffective and highly contentious policies that have not boosted plover populations at all. After 15 years of this nonsense.
Of course they had to admitt that researchers were leading ravens to nests. While most of the public got fooled the ravens were led to afternoon snacks.
We will be paying his debt for generations.
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Jan 19, 2017
vol XXVIII issue 3
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