Submitted by Myra Klockenbrink, who writes as a resident of Greenwich
He turns a heart to drive to learn about the Mead Point “development” project. This unique and ecologically sensitive 8 acre coastal forest and tidal wetlands would effectively be destroyed as an intact ecosystem – all for the privilege of a 15,000 square foot single family home, 14 underground automobile land. vehicles and a pool and spa pavilion. To fail to seek the protection of this remnant of the pristine Greenwich Coast and accept this loss as the “natural order of things” is to bear witness to an execution.
It might not be a popular opinion, but we have to defend the wind through the trees, the myriad of animals that live there, the delicate balance that this whole ecosystem maintains in the face of multiple threats. Most of us don’t have access to Mead Point, but to watch the video the property’s profile is to immediately recognize it as part of the magnificent canopy coast that we all love. Nothing personal for MM. Mead Point LLC, and not to diminish the removal of invasive plants and the planting of native shrubs, but this does not in any way replace a minimum of 175 mature trees and the ecosystem services they have provided for probably hundreds of years. ‘years.
Do we really have to take every inch of the wild and free landscape and reshape it into our own view of order and control? People say, well, it’s private property and the owners can do whatever they want. What about the ecosystem itself? Do trees have no rights? Tidal marshes can’t stand up? Is a dollar worth more than an oak tree? Haven’t we already enough destroyed our landscape? Aren’t the almost daily natural disasters that plague our country enough to make us think about reconsidering our priorities?
That Greenwich has no other recourse but to give in to such wealth is a terrible comment. That a city does not have a municipal plan and funding to preserve its own heritage for the future of the land and the people says a lot about the fact that we do not deserve its riches. Or that a more visionary plan was not proposed that had community and a conservation ethic in mind is short-sighted and tragic. We can do better.
Certainly, the great wealth housed in this city could be mobilized to meet this challenge. This “property” could be cleared of invasive plants, protected from deer, and planted with native shrubs at negligible cost. And Mead Point could become Greenwich’s answer to the environmental challenges we face – and this tiny stretch of Connecticut coastline could be free to be what it is: priceless.