David Lenat: NC environmental programs under siege

November 19, 2013 

I was deeply sorrowed to hear that Meg Lowman, “Canopy Meg,” is leaving the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences (Nov. 19 news article). This is part of a much larger loss of state employees involved with all aspects of environmental education and environmental protection.

We are seeing significant losses not only at the museum, but also at the Natural Heritage Program, the N.C. Division of Water Quality (now rolled into water resources) and many other state agencies. North Carolina has been a national leader in the assessment and protection of our natural resources, but we are now on the national stage only as an example of how quickly things can go wrong. The remaining personnel are in a siege mentality, trying their best to preserve what is left of our ecological programs while they wait for a change in state government. Now it is up to voters to make that change happen in future elections.

David Lenat


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