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|The History of Land Choices
"Growing up, I remember going on walks through the deep Oak forest behind our home in Farmington Hills, Michigan. My mother would take Herman, our Basset Hound, and myself on a picnic. She would stop and gaze in awe at the the acres of Trillium lining the forest floor.
The trail led us to "Button's Orchard", acres of beautiful rolling apple fields. The meadows were busy with huge dragon flies and bumble bees flying through the trees. We'd sit with Herman under an apple tree in the spring sun and eat our lunch. I was only four years old, but the memory of those days, the fresh breezes and wonderful smells of nature, are engraved in my memory.
In the winter my parents would take my brother and myself deep in the woods to "Hidden Lake" to play hockey. It was a wonderful childhood, the type of childhood every child has a right to experience.
All Gone Now
That wonderful forest, the dragon flies and apple trees are gone now, needlessly clear-cut and graded flat, destroyed for "cookie-cutter" subdivisions. "Hidden Lake" was filled in for housing. A sign hanging in a basement is all that remains of "Button's Orchard".
One day my mother was driving to the store. I was four years old in the back seat. I noticed a "For Sale" sign on a farm near our home. I asked why the farmer had to sell his land and my mom replied, "Don't worry honey, there is nothing you can do about it." I thought "I'm going to do something about this, there has to be a better way." That was the start of my passion to create LandChoices. I wanted to offer landowners better choices.
Orchard Lake, MI
Later we moved to Orchard Lake, Michigan. I remember walking the beautiful rolling farm fields and forests across from our home with our German Shepherd, Edee. Pheasants cackled and flushed over hedgerows. Rabbits hid in the brush along streams and creeks. Fox hunted the open meadows. Deer and fawns called this wilderness home. Neighbors hiked and cross country skiied the rolling trails.
All Gone Now (It Happened Again!)
I came home from college one weekend and was heartbroken to see this land clear-cut and scraped flat for a new subdivision, 'The Woods of Orchard Lake'. This once beautiful land, and it's magical wildlife, is now silent and gone forever.
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