Recently, I received a call from a local truck driver. He told me that he was driving down Engle Road, across from the Golf Dome, and he thought that he saw a bald Eagle. He called me to give me a ‘heads up’ on the situation. I grabbed the 35mm Canon with the zoom lens and drove out to have a look. The only thing I saw was a large bird, way off in the distance. It was too far away to get any kind of an ID, so I traveled back to The Waynedale News to finish whatever I had been doing.
Then last week, Richard Poor called The Waynedale News to talk to us about a new project that he is involved in. It is located off Engle Road at the same place where I had been eagle searching earlier. The name, Richard Poor, was familiar to me. He is the same Richard Poor that used to teach algebra at Elmhurst High School. He was in the teaching business for thirty years and his logic is just as clean and absolute now as it was back in 1964 when he taught me the point slope formula of a line.
I generally don’t endorse special interest projects, but here I have to make an exception. This project is right in our back yards and it will have an effect on all of us, and the results, if Richard Poor is successful, will last far past our lifetimes.
The project is called Eagle Marsh Little River Wetlands Project and it involves the purchase of 680 acres of floodplain that is to be purchased and restored to natural wetlands. The acreage is contiguous with 600-acre Fox Island County Park and two other wetland restorations totaling over two square miles of open natural area.
This area will also impact the city plans to extend the Rivergreenway to new trails in Aboite.
Wetlands have an impact on flood control, water quality, wildlife habitat and area recreation.
Thanks Mr. Poor for your diligence in teaching many of us Wayndalers algebra, and thanks also for your dedication in attempting to restore the Eagle Marsh portion of Fort Wayne to its earlier wetland status.
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