The Bel Air FIVE Kick-Off Event and Native Plant Sale on Wed, Sept 8 went very well! Now, join the whole town of Bel Air by planting native plants, especially the host and pollinator plants for the 4 butterflies and a moth we’re trying to protect. Fall is a great time to plant! Then, download the iNaturalist app so you can identify the butterflies and caterpillars that come to your garden or planter. Insects and plants identified upload automatically to the Maryland Biodiversity Project, so we can see the impact of our efforts. Thank-you for caring about wildlife! (Insect/Host Plant: 1) Monarch/Milkweed or Butterfly weed; 2) Silvery Checkerspot/Ten-Petal Sunflower; 3) Pipevine Swallowtail/Virginia Snakeroot; 4) Great Spangled Fritillary/Arrow-leaved Violet, Common Blue Violet, etc.; 5) Unicorn Caterpillar Moth/New Jersey Tea Plant or Hawthorn Trees.

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Letter-Writing Campaign to Save Abingdon Woods

Please help us to achieve four goals:

1) to get the owner and developers of the planned “I-95 Logistics Center”, otherwise known as “Abingdon Business Park,” to cooperate in investigating selling Abingdon Woods for preservation,

2) to get Harford County Councilmen to take Abingdon Woods out of the Edgewood/Joppa Enterprise Zone

3) to have Harford County Councilmen and County Executive Barry Glassman to commit to not forcing sale of land homeowners and homeowners associations don’t want to sell so that the developer can do “needed” road expansions mandated for this development plan and

4) to get Governor Hogan to step in at this time when forests must be preserved in order to slow climate change…

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2019 review of Harford County Climate Action

In 2019 Harford County Climate Action was active on several fronts, working to oppose drilling off Maryland shores, campaign to protect Abingdon Woods from planned warehouse development, advocate for legislation, express solidarity with global struggles for environmental justice and act locally to keep Harford County beautiful.

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Kathy Tunney: County should help purchase Abingdon Woods

Kathy Tunney recommends to the county council that they look into a way to purchase the Abingdon Woods property and preserve it as a recreational park for the public.
17 Dec 2019 – Harford County Council meeting – Public Comment

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“Extinction is forever” -Fawn Palmer alerts Council to endangered species in Abingdon Woods

Fawn Palmer, senior naturalist, remindes the Harford County Council that extinction is forever and alerts them to endangered status of the Spongy Arrowhead, Sagittaria spatulata which grows in the freshwater, tidal mud flats in the HaHa Branch where it empties into Otter Point Creek. She calls for an environmental impact assessmentt o determine the presence of other endangered species.
10 December 2019 meeting of Harford County Council.

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Veronica Cassilly to council – our kids deserve better from you.

Veronica Cassilly tells the Council that Harford County’s children and grandchildren deserve better than to see the quality of the land and water decline even though we have been warned and can prevent further damage. Though she is aware that developers have contributed to council members she says “I personally cannot believe that you would sell me out.”
Meeting of Harford County Council Dec 10 2019

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Dont let Abingdon become a “Toxic Tour” site – Aravinda Pillalamarri

Aravinda Pillalamarri asks County Council to protect Abingdon Woods so that the site does not in the future become a site of air and water pollution, flooding and other environmental damage. She warns that it may become the site of a “Toxic Tour,” serving as a cautionary tale for others in a position to prevent such disasters before it is too late.
10 December 2019 meeting of Harford County Council.

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Tell Gov. Hogan to Fix the Bad Deal with Exelon on Conowingo Dam!

Chesapeake Waterkeepers are calling for help.  Here is their action alert, excerpted from Tell Gov. Hogan to Fix the Bad Deal with Exelon on Conowingo Dam!

We need your help! There are 3 things you can do:

1. Tell Governor Hogan to withdraw the current settlement immediately. We need a settlement that is transparent, fair and doesn’t set a bad precedent by waiving the state’s authority to protect local waterways. Use our form below or click here to send an email today!

2. Sign our petition, and we will submit your comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The comment period ends January 19, 2020.

3. Submit your own comments directly to FERC at this link. You can copy and paste our template and add additional comments. You will need to open an account and search for Docket # P-405-106.

For further information please read:

Tell Gov. Hogan to Fix the Bad Deal with Exelon on Conowingo Dam!

 

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Tracey Waite Brings Receipts

Tracey Waite calls out campaign contributions and asks if they have influenced council votes on the Abingdon Business Park which would destroy 300+ acres of wetlands in Abingdon Woods.

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Find Alternate Sites – Lakshmi Tadepalli to Harford County Council

Lakshmi Tadepalli reads a poem about trees and asks the Harford County Council why we are destroying the wetlands for the sake of warehouses.

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