We are a group of Lauderdale, St. Paul, and Falcon Heights residents. We are trying to gather support of Lauderdale's efforts to explore conserving the Breck Woods for public use and wildlife habitat. The importance of retaining this piece of undeveloped nature was recognized in the 2006 Bridal Veil Creek Report by the Mississippi Watershed Management in which they poignantly noted: "Very few people remember the value of the natural areas that existed prior to the industrialization and Highway 280 construction."
To: Luther Seminary Board of Directors
Lauderdale Mayor and City Council
Falcon Heights Mayor and City Council
St. Anthony Park Community Council
The Trust for Public Land
University of Minnesota Director of Community and Government Relations
We are grateful that Luther Seminary has shared this beautiful gift of God's creation with the neighborhood at large. Now as it puts its land up for sale we seek respectfully to find ways to continue Breck Woods' vital role in sustaining a nurturing environment for us all. We envision a green, enduring and revived natural habitat to sustain wildlife as well as humans. We urge Luther Seminary and the community-at-large to move deliberatively and cautiously in disposing of this asset, in consideration of the invaluable service this forest provides, and in keeping with the Seminary’s charge to be a good steward of the earth.