Why bother to fight to preserve the Witham Oaks property with so many other worthy projects competing for our attention and money?
I believe as a whole the Corvallis community values and understands the capacity of pristine habitat not only for its mental health healing capacity, but the natural rejuvenation of the earth (call it recycling, or even sustainability), and we should work to preserve any small green space that might still exist within the city limits.
It would be especially nice to create a large natural green space within the city where much of the municipal population would have easy access, as well as the possibility of a larger green corridor that could eventually extend to our greenbelt areas, and have a natural buffer between city and university owned land. Creating a housing development on this slope and with the adjacent wetland would surely affect quite a bit of wildlife as well.
I hope the Gazette-Times will continue to stay on top of this and keep us informed of any further developments this year. Further information on the preservation of Witham Oaks can be found at www.withamoaks.org.
Valerie White, Corvallis