A 1-In-100 Blogger: Help the Environment and Wildlife Habitats

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Help the Environment and Wildlife Habitats

The theme for this particular post is to "do a good turn daily." This is also the slogan for the Boy Scouts of America. Some example of Good Turns are "saving a life, helping out after floods or other disasters, recycling community trash, and working with your patrol on conservation projects." A Good Turn is a special act of kindness; a volunteered kind act of good deed. Another example of said kindness can be construed as helping the environment.

In a video produced for SOLV, a non-profit community through volunteer action to preserve Oregon, one can quickly see the beauty and cherished sentiment of the many volunteers at Bosky Dell Natives. This is a place where the primary goal is to positively contribute to the livability and maintenance of the environment and its economic health. Here's one of many volunteer projects held at Bosky Dell to enhance the livability of Oregon:

Having been honored with the 2007 SOLV Citizenship Award, a volunteer in the video can be heard explaining, "Bosky Dell is probably the heart of the native plant nursery community [...] like a native plant wonderland, really."

Lory Duralia, Bosky Dell property owner, feels her mission or goal is to assist people with preserving Earth. "We need to take care of Earth so the Earth will take care of us." Lory continues, "We want Earth to be a good place for our children to live, and for our children's children as well."

For instance, Bosky Dell provided all the plants that are planted on the "Eco-Roof" at the Native American Student Community Center at Portland State University. To name just a few species Bosky Dell Natives provides a habitat for, there are rabbits, weasels, birds, coyotes, and many more that depend on a well-preserved, clean environment.

Lory Duralia started Bosky Dell Natives nursery eighteen years ago. With an ever-growing passion for the environment, she purchased the land across the drive from the nursery that borders beautiful Fields Creek. Working on various environmental projects such as Fields Creek Riparian Restoration – a Tualatin River basin restoration project, Lory and other volunteer crews worked to improve stream health for cutthroat trout, red legged frogs and other native species. With a grant from OWEB and the help of SOLV and so many other volunteers, Lory Duralia restored the stream.

Due to the restoration project, the creek can now resume its role as essential habitat for Red Legged Frogs (a threatened species), salamanders, Golden Mantle Squirrels, native Cutthroat Trout, Douglas Squirrels, deer, and a wide variety of birds, butterflies and dragonflies. In addition, the water that enters the stream will be filtered naturally by the stream side plantings.

Lory Duralia (pictured: left) provided the vision for the Fields Creek restoration. She put together the restoration design, invited neighbors, friends and customers of Bosky-Dell Natives to dig in the native plants, and organized the barbecue while inviting Judy Bluehorse-Skelton to talk about native plants for healing.

Another volunteer at the work party said of the project, “Many different native plants were put in to help shade and stabilize the stream bank. I enjoyed going and felt good about helping improve the stream. There was a large group of people and the work done was a beneficial improvement to the surrounding environment.”

Recently, however, Bosky Dell Natives has been struggling with a neighbor whose actions can only be described as inconsiderate and anti-environmental. Lacking the understanding or care of work by others, ladies and gentlemen, meet Dr. Michael Robinson!

Described as a man of coarse, vulgar language, Bosky Dell Natives has had its fair share of run-ins with Doctor Robinson. He cares little about the environment or volunteers who support nature, and more about destroying their hard work for his own personal gain - regardless of the destruction his actions cause. For example, here's a recent project he opted to pursue, installing a mailbox on public property surrounded by protected environmental native plants.

To make room for his spiffy mailbox, which is rumored to be placed illegally (without permission from the post-office), the Bosky Dell Natives neighbor insisted on destroying a protected environmental area previously developed by Lory and the many volunteers, including children (as seen in the first video).

After throwing thousands of dollars in plant costs in the trash, Dr. Robinson took it upon himself to extend a public road several feet, in turn forcing the letter-carrier to drive through protected Wildlife and natives simply to deliver mail to his mailbox. Rumor has it the letter-carrier is refusing to deliver to it. Unfortunately however, the remarkable habitat didn't get a say whether or not it could live.

While paving his own personal road on public property, you can see the freshly cleared road over the protected environment, and you can see his shiny new mailbox.

Beautiful mailbox, doctor.

What's that behind his new mailbox? The sign???

Oh there it is, a now hidden Backyard Wildlife Habitat sign that reads, "This property provides the four basic habitat elements needed for wildlife to thrive: food, water, cover, and places to raise young. It has been certified by the National Wildlife Federation as an Official Backyard Wildlife Habitat site.

Tell me, doctor, can your mailbox match or replace any of the four basic habitat elements needed for wildlife to thrive? Will a threatened species, the Red Legged Frog, be provided the shelter or food your mailbox replaced?

If you find yourself wondering, "Why is this significant?" It is important to protect natural areas because:
* they cannot be easily or fully replaced once they are lost.
* they provide homes for diverse species, the values of which (e.g., medicines) we are only beginning to understand.
* they help prevent flooding by catching rain and slowly releasing it back to surface and groundwater.
* the plants emit oxygen and filter air and water pollutants.
* they often have recreational and educational value.

Other helpful tips include reducing lawns and changing maintenance practices, avoiding and removing invasive plants, using natural design and conserving natural resources.

Besides the obvious frustration this has caused for Lory Duralia and Bosky Dell Natives, the protected environment she preserves wasn't grown and maintained for the ultimate recreation and destruction by one man: Michael Robinson. With nowhere else to go for help, after talking with Lory I've decided to do my part and make it be known that situations like this shouldn't be ignored by the Oregon environmentalists (or anyone for that matter), nor should the inconsiderate neighbor to Bosky Dell continue this destruction.

What can you do to help? As Lory would say, "Help take care of Earth so the Earth can continue to take care of us." Tell Dr. Michael Robinson his actions cannot continue without outcry from concerned citizens. The public is likely to uphold environment over the development of a personal road on protected public property.

The problems don't end with the mailbox. The list goes on. And the neighbor to this Wildlife habitat has made it clear he won't stop. Maybe with a little motivation he will wake up and realize that sometimes, doing a Good Turn Daily requires selfless acts of humility.


Josh C said...

Dr. Michael Robinson is a greedy selfish a$$! Someone should hold him accountable for his actions and help preserve what is rare and precious to our environment.

Sarah said...

The world needs more "Bosky Dell Natives" and less anti environment behavior! Here's my thanks to Lory and my frustration at doctor Robinson. Hopefully everything works out for the better - and for Earth!!!

Anonymous said...

Dr Robinson (and I say that with puzzlement since he is a psych dr - does he enjoy playing these head games?) has been against what Lory is doing since the day he moved in. He has had no regard for her or her nursery. He has a history of destroying the native plants that her and volunteers have planted. I have witnessed the threatening and intimidation he does first hand. The police and legal system refuse to intervene even when he is threatening her or others. I wonder if his employer, the State of Oregon, knows what kind of person he really is?

The question is: why is this man so against a beautiful, healthy environment? Why does he think he can trespass and destroy others property? Why does he think he is above the law? Maybe it is cause he gets away with it.

Lory needs support behind her that will get this man to change or move. Please rally behind her to stop him from this continuing destruction and intimidation.