Carol Abrahamzon, Executive Director of the Mississippi Valley Conservancy?, said "We're not going to be here, 10, 20, 50, 100 years down the road, we don't know what's going to happen to the land. Somebody has to take care of it."
The more they appreciate it, the more they will enjoy it, and the healthier they'll be, according to Heather Quackenboss, Program Director for the La Crosse Community Foundation.
Lewis Kuhlman, with the City's Planning and Development Department notes that nature makes you more relaxed, less stress, lowers your blood pressure, and generally makes you feel better.
If people appreciate the nature that surrounds them, maybe they'll bring it with them into the city.
Quackenboss said, "One thing is getting people to know about what we have, the other is getting people to know how can I make my neighborhood more a little more attractive to some of the things I do want to see?"Friday's meeting was the first of it's kind. The idea began a couple years ago when the Emerald Ash Borer became an issue. The La Crosse Community Foundation decided to further the discussion to keep the city green. The Foundation is now hoping that down the line they can create a long term biodiversity plan for the area.
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