Polk Commission Accepts Ancient Islands Proclamation On Endangered Species Day

Ancient Islands Chair Tom Palmer and County Commissioner Rick Wilson

There are plenty of endangered species in our own back yard.
That led Ancient Islands Sierra to draft and propose to the Polk County Commission a proclamation declaring May 17 National Endangered Species Day.
The proclamation was read at Tuesday’ morning’s session.
Commissioners were also presented with copies of a power point presentation depicting some examples of endangered species found locally.
The importance of protecting wildlife was underlined this week by the release of the summary of an international report that predicted human alteration of the planet could put as many as 1 million species in danger of extinction.
The causes for this threat include poaching, land alteration and the consequent loss or fragmentation of habitat, pollution and climate change.