Liz Kazal: Keep N.C. beautiful

September 14, 2013 

Keep N.C. beautiful

Chuck Roe’s Sept. 8 Point of View piece “How Republicans killed conservation” should serve as a wake-up call for what is at stake.

As a resident of Raleigh, I look forward to my weekend hikes in Umstead State Park or the chance to picnic out at Jordan Lake, and these precious places that serve as icons for the Triangle are now in jeopardy, thanks to the efforts of the governor and the General Assembly.

Our parks and forests are what make North Carolina so beautiful and are now at even further risk from pollution and encroaching development as a result of funding cuts from legislators this summer. Places like Jordan Lake and Umstead Park provide habitat for birds, such as the blue heron, and recreation for many North Carolinians to hike, swim and fish. And there is just too much at risk.

We cannot let the polarized legislature place our conservation programs in the crossfire. I urge the governor and General Assembly to protect the places that make North Carolina so beautiful and restore funding for our parks and forests.

Liz Kazal

Raleigh

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