Letters: Friday, September 29, 2004
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
Gems, Nabobs, and Hope

To the editor: My hat is off to Jeff Prince for his well-researched essay on the plight of Tandy Hills Nature Area (“Saving a Patch of the Past,” Sept. 8, 2004). All of those interviewed agree that the mere existence of the remnant prairie is nothing short of a miracle. The comments by Harold Pitchford, acting assistant director of Parks and Community Services, however, beg a response. I’m sure he’s nice guy, but his “can’t do” attitude regarding park restoration is just the sort of apathy that has caused this prairie gem to deteriorate. It seems obvious that any piece of land, even the hallowed ground of the Kimbell Art Museum, would evolve into a forest if left unprotected. But it won’t any time soon, because we prefer it as an art museum. The same is true of Tandy Hills. Those of us who prefer it as a prairie do not need nattering nabobs of negativity preaching a gospel of hopelessness. As many experts in the field attest, Tandy Hills is a unique place worth saving and restoring. Instead of having them shoot down that possibility, I would like to see more of a can-do attitude from Pitchford and other parks officials. Tandy Hills has been the Parks Department poster child of mismanagement long enough. Let’s roll up our sleeves, open the checkbook, and get to work polishing up this rare treasure.

Don Young

Fort Worth



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