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My response back . . .

Ken Carman <fossiholic@gmail.com>
AttachmentsSep 7

to bhenninger, tpalmeter, aroell 
You will want to make sure that you carefully read the attached document.

I will expect a final decision to be made within two weeks or less.

Thank you,

Ken Carman

The following was an attached document in this email . . .

Bret (and the other Great Parks staff),
I was gravely disappointed that you would turn down my proposal without even giving me a meeting. I am deeply concerned that you immediately sent someone out to the property to begin cutting everything down . . . the wrong way, and at the worst possible time.
How can you possibly think that it is fodder for good publicity for you to destroy Milkweed plants that are still covered with Monarch caterpillars? How can you possibly think that the public will be thrilled to learn that you are cutting down fall blooming, pollinator supporting native wildflowers before they had a chance to put on (or finish) their “show”, and produce seed for more plants in the future? How is it possible that you believe that the public will agree with you that it is better to reduce the field to jagged 12 inch stubs, rather than allowing me to meticulously cut each portion of the field at the appropriate time, and with the appropriate equipment? Are you not aware of the serious damage that has been done in the past when you had the fields cut with oversized equipment. There are now deep ruts spanning many large portions of the property. The ruts are so deep in many places, that it is almost impossible to walk in those areas, and now will be much more difficult to mow and maintain.
I continue . . .
How can you possibly believe it is in the best interest of the public for you to spend their money, while taking minimal care of the property, when someone far more qualified has offered to do a much better job, at absolutely zero cost to Great Parks (funded by the public)?
How can you possibly think that the public will agree that it is far more practical to reduce everything growing in the field to stubs, rather than carefully choosing what to cut down, and what to SAVE . . . and when the best time is to do it? 
Please explain something to me. In your rejection of my proposal, you mentioned that you would not give permission for me to carefully and selectively cut down any invasive shrubs because they wouldn’t be treated with environmentally damaging chemicals. Yet, you then turn right around and have someone cut down thousands of invasive trees and shrubs, and none of them got treated with toxic chemicals(I hope!!!). Why would it be wrong for me to carefully remove invasive shrubs and trees at ground level in areas that would then allow for a finish mower to go through? You even say yourself in your rejection response that you go in once a year and cut everything down “we are mowing this area annually to provide benefits to meadow species, and to control invasive pear.” Isn’t that contradictory? (I can’t selectively lopper cut without chemical treatment being applied, while your workers cut everything down without doing so). Again I ask, how is it better for you to send in oversized equipment, at the WORST possible time, and cut down everything at a horrible height, than it would be for me to begin lopper cutting selective plants at ground level, so that those areas could be mowed with a finish mower . . . at the right time, and at no cost to the public?
From your rejection response, it sounds to me like it will be at least two years or more before any decision is made at all on what to do with this amazing piece of property. Will the public agree with you that it is better to let this property further deteriorate for at least two more years, rather than become something far more special, even within a few short months. Will taxpayers agree that it makes more sense for you to spend their money, while letting the land and buildings fall further into disrepair, when someone who is qualified and motivated is wanting to donate time and raise substantial funds to make all improvements and repairs at no cost to the public? What harm could there possibly be in having me take care of the property for you for two years, prior to you deciding what you want to do with it from that point on? Won’t the public want to know why you thought it was best for you to “make private plans” for two years PRIOR to asking for their feedback? Why not ask for their feedback now, so that you know what their desires are BEFORE you spend two years ironing out all of the details?
What about the large storage building? Wouldn’t that be better served as a pollinator museum, rather than sitting empty for two years, deteriorating? I could have an awesome museum opened up, fully filled in two months . . . at zero cost to . . . the public.
What about the house, you know, the one with plants growing on the roof? Can you possibly believe that the public will agree that it is the most ideal location for storing all of those boxes of financial records? As I wrote in my proposal, my philosophy is to look for the greatest possible use for each and every resource on the property, and the house is a resource. Why use it to inappropriately store financial records when it could provide housing for a property manager as qualified as I am, who is prepared to go out immediately and begin raising funds so that necessary upgrades and repairs can be made to the structure . . . again, at zero cost to the public. ???
Why spend the public’s money, when I plan on doing everything (the right way) at zero cost to the public? What do you possibly have to loose. Even if I was not able to raise a single dime, you would still be getting a full 100 hours per month of free labor, turning the property into a must see destination in Hamilton County. This is such a huge win win for Great Parks (and the taxpaying public). Further rejection of my proposal will be nothing but a huge loss for Great Parks and the residents of Hamilton County (your real bosses). Leaving someone like me with way too much time on their hands, without an awesome project to submerse myself into, could not possibly be what you want. ???
Did you read in my resume the part about how many times I have done TV news interviews, live radio shows, and have been featured in newspaper and magazine articles? In fact, I was even recently featured in an article in the Cincinnati Enquirer less than two months ago, for trying to rescue thousands of native wildflowers from a property that was about to be developed. I know that I did forget to mention that I was invited to speak at a local Sierra Club meeting earlier this year, and that I will be setting up a booth at a community harvest party on September 9th, where I will be telling visitors all about the devastating effects invasive plants are having on our environment, and how little is being done about it.
Just think how awesome it would be having someone like that as part of your team, promoting all of the good things about Great Parks, and what Conrey Road is now becoming.
So, what is it going to take to get moving forward on my proposal, get me into the house, and managing the property 24/7?
{I now believe it best that you “hire” me, and/or my (Ohio nonprofit) organization, as a contractor, not as an employee, however I am open to discussing any and all options.}
Of course, as I said in my proposal, I will raise the funds to cover any and all costs associated with the property . . . myself.
Please know that I am absolutely determined to see changes made in the way this property is being (mis)managed, and in the district as a whole. I am either going to spend the next two years turning the Conrey Road tract into one of the crown jewels of the district . . . or I will begin a fierce public campaign to make changes in the district as a whole . . . on many levels. I am chomping at the bit to start on one project, or the other . . . the choice is yours to make. Do not underestimate me, and do not make a bad decision, that you will regret immensely.

I look forward to your prompt response.
Most sincerely,