Friday, March 5, 2010

Bill Bechtel sends letter to Sierra Club membership

Be informed. Read Rick Olivo's Ashland Daily Press article, Shadow Wood developers cited for DNR violations.

The CFRLU just received from Bill Bechtel, former staff director to the late Senator Gaylord Nelson, an open letter he sent to the Sierra Club. Bill writes:

"As former staff director to the late Senator Gaylord Nelson, I continue to be involved in issues relating to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and the Bayfield peninsula.

"I have been asked by a citizens group if I would alert the Sierra Club to a serious threat in the form of a project proposed for that area -- described as "Shadow Wood Landing," an exclusive "fly-in community" featuring a private jet airport to serve a community of luxury condominiums and a hotel complex, planned by a Minneapolis corporation, to be built on 380 acres of what is now a heavily forested portion of the Bayfield peninsula.

"It is hard to imagine a project more threatening to this pristine area. Bayfield has been described as one of the most desirable small cities in the Nation, and the National Lakeshore has been described by National Geographic magazine as the most "pristine" unit in the national park system -- partly because its gateway is the city of Bayfield, on the shores of Lake Superior and its beautiful Chequamegon Bay. "

Read the full letter

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