Letter: Callie Fulmer, Lovettsville 

Editor: I am writing to express my displeasure that the Board of Supervisors can’t seem to understand the beauty of wild and natural places. Bles Park is a wonderful example of a beautiful habitat that needs to stay as it is.

The proposal that is on the table would take the park from a place I take the Cub Scouts to learn about native species, reinforce Leave No Trace principles and talk about the Outdoor Code, and change it into yet another human dominated, overly processed and developed space.

Adding a kayak launch, clearing for an access road, increasing the impervious surface by 30 times—this is just not the way to treat a beautiful and unique wildlife habitat.

We need to save wild spaces, not just for wildlife, but for the people and youth, too. Not every nook and cranny of the county needs to be processed, developed, and paved. Keep Bles Park the way it is.

Callie Fulmer, Lovettsville 

4 thoughts on “Letter: Callie Fulmer, Lovettsville 

  • 2022-01-04 at 5:06 pm
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    Anyone who thinks the Democrats on the BOS actually care about the environment should cover their heads in a plastic bag and hang it in shame.

  • 2022-01-04 at 6:34 pm
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    Callie,
    Glad you took action. Disappointment is a common feeling as this BOS still has not even provided a list of priorities they commit to pursue. If the mood and the need for equity signaling hits them they act but so far they have shown no respect for constituents they have sworn to serve. Does it feel like you are being served or does it feel like they are serving themselves with pet projects? 🙂

  • 2022-01-04 at 7:01 pm
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    I agree wholeheartedly with the writer. Sometimes less is best. Bles Park is wonderful as it is. It really doesn’t need any ruffles or frills. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” I also appreciate that the writer expressed her disagreement in a respectful manner. Thank you for that. Happy New Year Loudoun!

  • 2022-01-05 at 4:42 am
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    Planning Commission’s Findings for Denial were as follows:
    1) The application proposal is contrary to the Loudoun County 2019 General Plan (2019 GP)
    policies that call for the protection of natural, environmental, and heritage resources.
    2) The proposed increase in impervious surface, structures and development at Bles Park will
    destroy habitats for rare and sensitive plant and animal species and species of greatest
    concern.
    3) The application proposal puts exemplary natural communities and ecosystems at increased
    and unnecessary risk.
    4) There are alternative solutions to locate appropriate amenities and additions outside of the
    flood plain and/or away from sensitive habitat areas so as to safeguard the natural
    resources, wildlife habitat, and environmental community benefits in Bles Park that exist
    nowhere else in the county, much less eastern Loudoun, and are irreplaceable for our residents.

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