Wildcat Falls Update

I’m back from spring break (and I took some photos on my walk today, until it was interrupted by rain from the northern edge of that killer severe weather system, but then I realized I must have left my camera cable at work). Anyway, today I got the following email from someone involved in the effort to save Wildcat Falls:

We lost the appeal.  Basically they just repeated the same things they said before.  They know there are disadvantages but they feel the benefits outweigh the disadvantages.

We plan to sue.  Our lawyer believes this is illegal, even though they say they’ve observed all rules.  We need to raise $6500 to start and if we win the USFS pays the lawyer fees.  I don’t know which organization will house the fund but I can let you know.  If everyone who signed the petition gave $6 we’d have it!  Of course $25 or $50 is always better, but any amount would be appreciated.
We’ll try to figure out how to raise money online…

I’m not optimistic, I’m afraid. Also, I’m sorry to anyone who got spammed by MoveOn.org after signing the petition; I had no idea that was going to happen. Sigh…

8 thoughts on “Wildcat Falls Update”

  1. Having to opt out of a mailing list is not the worst thing that has ever happened to me….this year even. It would have been worth it if the land deal had been nixed.

    Maybe I shouldn’t say this, but I got the same Email as well, and I’m getting a bad feeling about the people who claim to be trying to save the falls. Yes, lawyers cost money, but there are quite a few environmental lawyers who take cases like that Pro Bono, or are willing to wait and collect their fees when they have won. Trout Unlimited, The Little Traverse Conservancy, and other groups I am a member of all work with the same lawyers all the time in such a fashion. For example, TU and the Pigeon River Country Association are “sharing” a lawyer who is working Pro Bono on the case to have the Golden Lotus/Song of the Morning dam removed from the Pigen River.

    The group claiming to be trying to save the falls is sounding more and more like a political group, rather than conservationists trying to block a bad land swap. You may delete the comment if you wish, I would understand completely.

    1. If you’re interested, this is the group that’s working on it – http://www.partnersinforestry.com/. Oh, and I believe the North Woods Native Plant Society is involved too – http://www.northwoodsnativeplantsociety.org/.

      Editing this because I forgot one earlier – also the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition, http://www.upenvironment.org/, who could be described as political, yes. Their business manager, the only paid staff member, is the father of one of the students I worked with last fall.

    2. quietsolopursuits:
      Though you may think what you may, without anything but a feeling, you are totally wrong. The Hovel family, who are the driving force behind the attempt to save Wildcat Falls are doing this effort because of their love of the land. They don’t have a fancy internet presence, nor do they have a communications background that makes any of this activism easy for them. UPPEC didn’t even know about Wildcat Falls until a few weeks ago.That’s nice that there are lawyers who work for free, but the Hovels wouldn’t know one. Do you know any lawyers that could help? As far as PIF being a political group, what do you think every organization that you mention is? They all are influence peddlers and lobby for their constituents that support them. The Hovel’s are doing great work up here in the Keweenaw Peninsula with their timber holdings on the Pilgrim River Watershed. That they are willing to try to save a tiny waterfall on public land from falling into private developer’s hands speaks volumes about their commitment to conservation.
      Rebecca, as far as apologizing to anyone too lazy to push “Delete”or imposed upon by MoveOn, don’t bother. Maybe they should get out of their private little cyber world and read about the good issues that MoveOn supports with their petition drives.

      1. Discussion is great, but do keep it polite (both of you). “Quietsolopursuits” doesn’t personally know any of the people involved in this and has never seen the property in question, so naturally he has a different take on it than you and me.

  2. saddened but not surprised. Hiking the Ozark Highland Trail in Arkansas, which is on USFS land, i saw the havoc they wreak wherever they go. they even log directly on the trail, despite their own “rule” of a 200 ft exclusion zone on either side of the trail. There are no polite words to describe that organization. will send $ if needed, if I can.

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