I can just imagine my sleepy home town of Winter Haven Florida posting the exact same sign. It is achingly understandable. Those of us old enough to have grown up on farms and around plenty of forest space decry the loss of natural habitat- habit as much meant for us as it is for the animals we are about. We love the community, the knowledge of those families who defined our childhood, friendships and relationships which formed our own formation into near adults. However it is ever so understandable that those who are moving desperately want the same for their kids. Again, I don’t have answers. I just have more questions. I feel for anyone who escapes a big city ( and I have lived and worked in downtown Manhatttan and Washington DC and Melbourne Australia and many others) and I completely related to the desire to be surrounded by green. Green heals. Playing outside nurtures us. It is as essential to our nature as clean air. I love Oregon, even thought briefly about Bend, clearly so did a pooload of other people who did move there, shooting local prices to the moon and back. There is an inevitability to that is sad, but underneath it, is that genuine desire to have nature around us. I can only hope that this desire, when we are faced with so much loss of what makes us human (our parks, rivers, wildlife, etc) we will fight back against forces which only see those precious areas as “development opportunities.” Thanks for your comment.

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