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conservancymom
09-29-2006, 07:56 AM
Please help prevent closure of the Conservation Nursery.
For many decades, the Antelope Valley Resource Conservation District, an independent local state agency, has had stewardship of the Conservation Nursery on the west side of Lancaster, California, for which it receives a Los Angeles County tax subsidy. Recently, the board of the AVRCD was taken over by three directors who are trying to close the nursery so they can use the County tax subsidy for other purposes.
The Conservation Nursery is the only native plant nursery here, and it is critical to windbreak and restoration efforts all across our Mojave Desert region, including desert tortoise restorations. The board has given the manager 30 days to clear out, and plans to subdivide and sell the property.
We ask you to please contact your legislators, and any other influential people you know, to express your concern about this irrevocable harm to the public interest, and to ask their help get an injunction to prevent this board from taking any further actions to harm the nursery.
The three majority directors, who are under various investigations that have corroborated suspicious activities but not yet published findings, will tell you that they are going to 'improve' the nursery, but they have no plan, despite two years of supposedly commissioning a business plan for the nursery. The majority directors spent thousands to tear apart the working well, they contaminated the water supply, they destroyed native habitat and buried trees on the property, and they chased away at least one contract customer who desperately needed a nursery to raise acclimated native plants.
Please do whatever you can to help the Conservation Nursery, which can be reached Tuesday through Saturday, 8:30 to 4:30, at (661) 942-7306. Thank you for any help you can be.

conservancymom
10-08-2006, 11:23 AM
AVRCD has called a Special Meeting to terminate the Conservation Nursery managers. The meeting will be held Wednesday, October 11, 6:00 p.m., at 44811 North Date Avenue, Suite G, Lancaster, CA. For information, call (661) 942-7306, Tues-Sat, 8:30 to 4:30. Please attend or write a letter of protest.