Turkey Mountain update: A bad mall plan’s details are revealed, and it still looks pretty bad


I think this mall will be built, but I’m glad you and others keep fighting. I added next week’s city of Tulsa Planning Review Cmte Meeting to my calender. I’ll have to take off work, but will try to be present. What we have at Turkey Mountain is rare for a city this size. I only know of one other city with a wild area that close to downtown that is large, and that is Discovery Park in Seattle. We must keep all we can with Turkey Mountain.

I work in stream monitoring and wetland assessments. I’m glad you touched on the erosion problems that will happen. I do believe this mall is will be built and if that does indeed happen the next step I’d like to see is is to hammer Simon malls to build with low impact development (LID) for all of the storm water management designs. There should be bioswales to absorb parking lot runoff before that water ever leaves the parking lot; rain gardens strategically placed to absorb and slow runoff water; trees in the parking lot rather than acres of nonpervious pavement. We’re not there yet and hopefully Simon will back out of this mall deal.

Is the city of Tulsa going to widen 61st and add traffic lights? If not, this is a disaster waiting to happen.

Originally posted on proactiveoutside:

A more detailed plan of Simon Group's plan for an outlet mall at Turkey Mountain. Note just one entry and exit on a two lane road (traffic nightmares), and at the bottom of the map, you'll see that the site butts right up to a ravine. No thanks. A more detailed plan of Simon Group’s plan for an outlet mall at Turkey Mountain. Note just one entry and exit on a two-lane road (traffic nightmares), and at the bottom of the map, you’ll see that the site butts right up to a ravine. No thanks.

The latest news on what’s happening with the outlet mall on Turkey Mountain is twofold: it’s not unexpected, but it’s also very revealing.

The Simon Group recently submitted more detailed plans for its proposed Premium Outlets project that it wants to build on the west side of Turkey Mountain. The site is on a privately held parcel next to the Westside YMCA and undeveloped wild land that is part of the greater Turkey Mountain area.

Simon is promising jobs and shopping. What it wants is permission to build right on top of one of the last urban green spaces left in the city…

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Yellowstone wildlife sent to slaughter; calling all buffalo warriors


She knocked it out of the park. There is nothing I can add. Please take time to read what is happening to the last wild buffalo herd in America. This is the last herd with pure wild DNA. I am so disappointed in the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe.

Originally posted on Animal Blawg:

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Dear Americans:

You’re busy, I know. You’re busy working and playing and doing a million crazy, diverse things that Americans do in our big, crazy, diverse country. That’s just who we are, and that’s what makes us awesome.

But right now, I’m going to cherry-pick a few things we share. We’re nuts about wildlife–amiright?!? In 2011, a whopping 71.8 million of us–that was 30% of the U.S. adult population–identified as dedicated wildlife watchers in a once-every-five-years national Census survey. We spent a bundle–$54.9 billion–on wildlife watching that year.

According to the same report, 12.3 million of us visited parks and other natural areas to view wildlife (pg. 36). And in 2012, a National Parks Conservation Association poll found that “95 percent of voters see protecting and supporting the National Parks as an appropriate role for the federal government.” In one survey question, protecting…

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The First Annual Great Montana Wolf & Coyote Hunt


Grown men that kill for entertainment and sport. God bless them. They must be missing something important.

Originally posted on Wolf Patrol:

Two wolves trapped January 14th, 2015 Sanders County, Montana Two wolves trapped January 14th, 2015 Sanders County, Montana

Members of Wolf Patrol were in Sanders County, Montana from January 15-18th, to monitor an organized wolf hunt in western Montana dubbed the “Great Montana Wolf & Coyote Hunt.” The event was sponsored by the Montana Trappers Association and other sportsmen’s groups and was billed as an effort to “manage the wolf and coyote population.”

Wolf track Lolo National Forest Wolf track Lolo National Forest

Wolf Patrol’s objective is to monitor coordinated “killing contests” or trapping competitions in Idaho and Montana, which are the only states outside of Alaska to still allow wolf hunting. Wolf Patrol decided to investigate the event after Montana residents brought the predator contest to our attention and after a similar contest was held in Salmon, Idaho the past two years.

Wolf in crosshairs billboard Wolf in crosshairs billboard

The Montana hunt was centered in Sanders County, where very few livestock depredations were reported by Montana…

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Turkey Mountain update: Risking wilderness and taxpayer money on a dubious outlet mall plan


This spot is not the spot for a new mall. What happened to the new Riverwalk Mall in Jenks? It was suppose to be a high end mall, but it failed and the shops emptied. The Muscogee Creek Nation purchased that mall and it is still largely empty. It isn’t far from this proposed site. Turkey Mountain offers something most cities do not have—a large acreage of trails for bikers, hikers and joggers and all within the city of Tulsa. Pretty spectacular for a place like Tulsa and highly unusual for Oklahoma.

Originally posted on proactiveoutside:

Is this the future of what an outlet mall at Turkey Mountain looks like? The track record for such enterprises isn't that good. Is this the future of what an outlet mall at Turkey Mountain looks like? The track record for such enterprises isn’t that good.

One of the questions that has been raised by some people is what harm could come from building an outlet mall at Turkey Mountain.

Over the past few months, I’ve written about this quite often. The construction of an outlet mall at the proposed location will wipe out many acres of woodlands. It will consume many existing, scenic trails. It will encroach on wildlife habitat. And with the infrastructure expansions that will be necessary to handle the expected traffic at the shopping center, even more trails and woodlands all along 61st Street and Elwood Avenue will be consumed. The mere presence of an outlet mall at the place where Simon Properties wants to build will have a negative impact on all of Turkey Mountain. The destruction…

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Bright spots in a Dark year


A great report on rhino’s plight this past year.

Originally posted on Fight for Rhinos:

This  was a tough year for rhinos. No doubt about it. The poachings have amounted to over 1100 deaths in 2014. Outrage, grief and frustration weigh on the hearts of all of us, but there is no room for doubt or defeat. For behind the headlines of “another rhino poached”, lie seeds of hope and strength.

*Awareness groups in Vietnam, like ENV (Education for Nature Vietnam), WildAct and WildAid have launched campaigns to raise awareness and change attitudes in Vietnam about rhino horn use.

*The Javan rhino population has increased.

javan rhino Javan rhino via International Rhino Foundation

*The US (the second largest ivory market in the world) announced a ban on commercial ivory.

*Rhinos Without Borders and And Beyond have aided in the translocation of rhinos into safer, intensive protection zones.

*Interpol is getting involved with seeking out the capture of rhino poachers, recognizing the importance of stopping poaching on a global…

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Monday Openers: December 29, 2014

A quick good morning to all the animal loving, nature loving, scientists, poets, writers, painters and weirdos…..or those of you who are normalites (like me!). (yeah, right)

Let’s hope this week there are fewer coyotes killed, fewer beavers and bobcats trapped, more land for cougars to roam, and more kids that have a few hours to run wild and unfettered in the woods. If there are no woods to run through then find a park in the city and explore! Stomp in the mud; splash a puddle of water and get dirty.

Below is a picture of slow moving, low gradient creek that I did a riverine wetland assessment on last summer. Stay awesome, people, and work for for the planet and all of her inhabitants.

Let’s get this week started!


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First Dutch female wildcat gets GPS collar


Fascinating and wonderful news.

Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:

This is a video about a wildcat in the south of Limburg province in the Netherlands, in May 2014.

Translated from the Dutch ARK conservationists:

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

In the Vijlenerbos forest near Vaals a fourth European wildcat has been provided with a collar transmitter. This is the first female that was caught. Slowly but surely, more is getting known about the numbers of wildcats in South Limburg.

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