In our August/September newsletter, we detailed the Roman
Catholic Diocese proposed senior housing program, which, if
built, would seriously impact the ability of the Karner Blue
to survive in the Pine Bush.
Please write to the Bishop to ask him to re-locate the Avila
House Independent Senior Campus outside of the Pine Bush. Below
is a sample letter. Please feel free to alter it, but please
write! For more information on the proposed senior housing program,
complete with maps, please go to: http://www.savethepinebush.org/News/AugSept01/Teresian.html.
Bishop Howard Hubbard
Roman Catholic Diocese
40 North Main Avenue
Albany, NY 12203.
Dear Bishop Hubbard,
I am writing to ask you to change your mind about constructing
a senior housing project behind the Teresian House on Washington
Quality housing for seniors is important, and I know that any
facility operated by the sisters at the Teresian House will
be an excellent place to live. However, senior housing should
not be built in the Pine Bush.
The Pine Bush is a globally rare ecosystem of national and
international importance. Development has reduced the Pine Bush
ecosystem to 10% of its original size, with less than one half
of that in Preserve. Many more acres of Pine Bush ecosystem
must be added to the Preserve in order for the ecosystem to
Not only is the Pine Bush ecosystem at risk, but the survival
of the Karner Blue butterfly, an endangered species that makes
its home in the Pine Bush, at risk. Constructing a senior housing
facility behind Teresian House may put the survival of the Karner
Blue at risk in the Pine Bush. Ohio, Indiana, and the City of
Toronto, Canada, are trying to re-introduce the Karner Blue
to its original habitat. At a time when other municipalities
are trying to bring the Karner Blue back, it is ironic that
here in the City of Albany we are destroying potential Karner
We need to protect the Pine Bush and the Karner Blue for our
children and future generations. I know that there must be other
places where this quality senior housing facility can be built,
and I urge you to find another location.
Printed in the October/November, 2001 Newsletter