Candidates to discuss environment Oct. 23

The BlackHawk Sierra Club is hosting an Environmental Forum for Winnebago County Board Candidates at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 23, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4848 Turner St., Rockford.

Winnebago County Board candidates have been invited to attend and speak about environmental and land use issues that face the county. Candidates will speak for about 5 minutes each, and take questions from the audience. The Forum will run until 9 p.m.

The BlackHawk Sierra Club sent each candidate for the County Board a questionnaire in August asking about environmental issues, including land use and zoning, forest preserves, economic development and transportation. Candidates will be asked to address these issues.

Reginald Arkell, long-range planner for Winnebago County, will introduce the Forum with a presentation about the update of the County Land Use Plan, and what the County Board can do to control urban sprawl, protect natural areas and preserve farmland.

Jamie Johhansen will present the results of the “Green Communities” public opinion poll about preserving open land and greenways along our rivers and streams.

The program is free and open to the public.

For more information, call Stanley Campbell, conservation chairman of the BlackHawk Sierra Club, at 964-7111.

From the Oct. 18-24, 2006, issue

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