Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary in LA Times
- After reading the LA Times article, which states that the grant deed to the
property was "conditional," I would assume the CalState Foundation would be
obligated to notify the San Fernando Valley Audubon Society of any
substantive change that affected the property's intended use. And
certainly, closure of the facility last summer, and the apparent physical
neglect since then, would have required such notice, together with a plan
and schedule for restoring the property to its intended use.
Yet a University official was quoted as stating that "plans are being
developed"....and the Audubon group was unaware of these." Also, another
University spokesperson stated that the University's foundation "has many
plans for improving Tucker," but (apparently) has not notified the San
Fernando Audobon Society of those plans.
The University also promised nearby residents last year that the on-site
manager of Tucker who left last September would be replaced shortly, but
the position still remains vacant.
Not only that, but the University, according to the LA Times article,
"neglected to tell anyone, inform the public, or post a sign" indicating
that the facility was closed to the public. This would appear to be another
strong indication of bureaucratic neglect on the part of the University.
Given the current California budget crisis, combined with the typically
slow bureaucratic process evidenced by the University in remediating the
situation, it would seem unlikely that restoration of public access and
facility improvements will occur anytime soon if the sanctuary remains
under University control.
In response to the bureaucratic foot-dragging by the University, the nearby
residents have formed a Friends of the Sanctuary group, which is seeking an
organization which would take control of the sanctuary.
Probably the best way to make the University to put the pedal to the metal
is to encourage the residents, and the San Fernando Audubon Society, to
continue seeking an alternative organization to take over the sanctuary
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