Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Critics question University of Maryland plan to bulldoze woods; College Park, MD

Critics question UM plan to bulldoze woods -- baltimoresun.com: "Critics question UM plan to bulldoze woods
Green credentials challenged in light of campus building plan
By a Baltimore Sun staff writer
May 7, 2009
The University of Maryland, College Park aspires to be one of the 'greenest' institutions of higher education in the country and plans to celebrate Friday its designation as an arboretum and 'tree campus.'
But some students and professors say the administration is missing the forest for the trees by planning to bulldoze nearly 9 acres of woods on the sprawling 1,400-acre campus to make way for maintenance sheds, a mail-handling depot and a parking lot for the university's buses and trucks.
'The university says they're going to become carbon neutral by 2050, but they make a decision to cut down 9 acres of forest on the campus,' said Davey Rogner, a senior from Silver Spring who's majoring in environmental restoration."

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