I am not an environmentalist in the vernacular sense. I don’t recycle, I love my SUV, and I don’t buy into global warming despite sitting through the drivel that was Al Gore’s fantasy keynote presentation.
I am, however, a preservationist at heart and a conservationist at heart — conservatism expressed in a different way perhaps. It pains me to see beautiful old historic homes torn down and it pains me to see pristine wilderness enjoyed by so many bulldozed for McMansions that all look alike.
That neither the State has shown any interest in buying Oakey Woods is aggravating. The land is enjoyed by many. It provides a nice respite from the fast pace of growth in Houston County, and has become a haven for natural wildlife kids in these parts can’t otherwise see.
It’d be great if some rich person would cough up the money to protect Oakey Woods, but I think in lieu of that, it’d be money well spent for the state to buy it for all of us to enjoy. The state is already leasing it. Buying it is the next logical step.