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Protecting Our Urban Forest: A Valentine's Day Thank You!

Jhoni Ada

March 2024

Fellow supporters of the Save Remington Woods campaign, I hope you are filled with the same sense of pride and accomplishment that I am experiencing as I reflect on the incredible success of our recent Valentine's Day Petition Delivery event for Remington Woods! It was truly a momentous occasion that brought together the collective passion and dedication of our community to protect and preserve this cherished urban forest right here in Fairfield County.

 

With over 2,300 individuals from our community, alongside climate activists and elected officials, standing in solidarity, we made our voices heard loud and clear in support of protecting Remington Woods. This 422-acre forest, often lovingly referred to as Fairfield's Last Lung, holds a special place in our hearts as a vital ecosystem that provides countless benefits to our environment and our community.

 

During the event, we had the honor of delivering the signatures gathered from our passionate supporters directly to Corteva, the owner of Remington Woods. With Corteva expressing renewed interest in a conservation approach to the land, our collective efforts gained even greater momentum as we advocated for the preservation of this invaluable natural space.

 

I am deeply grateful for the unwavering support and presence of esteemed leaders such as Senator Richard Blumenthal, whose words underscored the importance of safeguarding Remington Woods for future generations (see our press release). Their support amplifies our message that Remington Woods is more than just trees; it's a symbol of our community's health, joy, and environmental harmony.

 

I also want to extend my heartfelt appreciation to organizations like Fridgeport, Groundwork Bridgeport,  Bridgeport Generation Now, Aspetuck Land Trust, the City of Bridgeport Office of Sustainability, Save the Sound, and State Representative Joe Gresko for their steadfast support and dedication to this cause.

 

As we look ahead, let us continue to stand together in our commitment to sustainability and stewardship. Our collective efforts have the power to ensure that Remington Woods remains a vital ecological, recreational, and cultural resource for generations to come. If you are interested in joining us for a planning session for Phase Two of the campaign, please email remington.woods@sierraclub.org for more information on our upcoming planning meeting. Your input and participation are invaluable as we continue our efforts to protect and preserve Remington Woods.

 

Once again, I want to express my sincere gratitude to each and every one of you for your unwavering support and for joining us in this important endeavor. Together we are making a difference for our environment and our community.

 

Here are some things you can do to stay in the loop with our campaign! 

  • Check out the Press Release

  • Follow us on Facebook

  • Check out a local East Coast victory that inspires our work: John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum: The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum is part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System, a network of lands set aside for the benefit of native wildlife and plants. Established in 1972 through local activism, the refuge protects habitat for the benefit of both people and wildlife. Visitors to the refuge may observe hundreds of species of plants, trees, birds, insects, and mammals.

  • Take a look at this alarming and contrasting Bridgeport Tree Canopy Report  based on 2010 data that gives us a compelling enough reason to protect Remington Woods

  • Continue to spread the word about Remington Woods. Despite our steps towards a conserved Remington Woods, there are still many people who do not know about Fairfield’s Last Lung

Jhoni Ada is Sierra Club Connecticut’s Community Outreach Coordinator on the Save Remington Woods project in Bridgeport, along with other outreach and projects within the city and Fairfield County.

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