I’ve been building the basic scaffolding of the website and that’s always an iffy venture once I get going because I like to build/design a bit organically, not with some buttoned-down, cookie-cutter design right out of the starting gate. And because my hope will be a welcoming harbor for at least two distinct audiences. There will be some whose main curiosity are the many details of past conservation efforts — the history of it all. While other visitors may be caught up in challenges presented by the demands of a present-day issue — folks who are trying to quickly locate the right file, the right deed, the right regulation that is applicable. As a design challenge, it forces me to look in both directions at once — so I don’t get dragged under by the crosscurrents.

For now, I’ve been trying to avoid going down any ridiculously enticing rabbit holes, with very limited success. I mean who were “Frank Hatch” and “Allan Jones” and “John Volpe” and why were all these conservative republican gents so fully involved in protecting our wetlands??

I’m continually captivated each time I stumble onto a conservation factoid. 

Conservation Factoid: On March 14, 1903, by executive order, President Theodore Roosevelt, established the first federal bird reserve — the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida, and during his time in office goes on to create 50 more federal bird reserves and four national game preserves. The National Wildlife Refuge System today spans 95 million acres, including 567 national wildlife refuges and 38 wetlands management districts. In 1915, six years after leaving the White House and 4 years prior to his death, Roosevelt visits Breton National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana. It was the only time he ever visits one of the refuges he created.

And to lose the chance to see frigatebirds soaring in circles above the storm, or a file of pelicans winging their way homeward across the crimson afterglow of the sunset, or a myriad terns flashing in the bright light of midday as they hover in a shifting maze above the beach — why, the loss is like the loss of a gallery of the masterpieces of the artists of old time.Theodore Roosevelt

Conservation Factoid: In 1948, the U.S. Congress enacts the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. It was the first major U.S. law to address water pollution. In 1972 amid growing concerns for controlling water pollution sweeping amendments are made and the law becomes commonly known as the Clean Water Act (CWA).

And so I badly want to get to the point where I’m actually fitting all these important milestones into the main 01254 timeline, and I think I will start again on that aspect very soon.

And Re: building scaffolding.

  • Please check the new pages on 01254 – maps, minutes, rules and regs... a bit rough and just getting the barebones up.
  • I’ve also added an important links list to the sidebar.
  • And some navigation tools to make it easier to get around from place to place.
  • Try clicking on (or hovering over) some of the text underlined in dotted lines and you’ll see that I’m adding tooltips for those who want to read more.
  • The Maps, Plans & GIS page already has some interesting links and documents. I love the old “Boulder Train” map. More maps to follow.
  • I’ve spent quite a bit of time researching the Scenic Mountain Act and that will get its own fully detailed sub-page. But not today!!



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