Western Michigan University has once again renewed its attempt to demolish the naturally occurring vegetation and fauna of the Colony Farm Orchard (CFO). The purpose, it is claimed, is to expand WMU’s Business, Technology, Research (BTR) Park.
Many of us will remember the battle between WMU and the pro-environment opponents that occurred in 2009-2010. For anyone who doesn’t remember, this website has a few dozen posts from 15 July 2009 to 23 July 2010 concerning that battle. It was too complicated to summarize quickly, though I may take a shot at it in a later post.
The object of this post is to point out for those of us who would prefer that the CFO remain as natural open space rather than be turned to some unknown BTR-type use, a petition to that effect has been started by a bunch of WMU students, a few faculty (mostly retired as far as I know), and assorted local residents.
The petition asks that WMU live by the original restriction and consider the Colony Farm Orchard a part of the Asylum Lake Preserve. It also asks that Oshtemo Township and Kalamazoo County refrain from joining WMU’s plans to develop the land.
But any interested parties will need to read the petition, which can be done here:
The petition was put up for reading and signing sometime Thursday night (26 March 2015). By 3:45 PM 27 March, 109 people had signed. When I looked in on the website about noon today (30 March), the number was about 450.
The more the better, of course, so check it out soon and sign if you agree with the cause.