The Battle of Wye Island - 40 Years Later
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On November 4, the Queen Anne’s Spy, The Aspen Institute and the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy will host a panel discussion on the battle for Wye Island with former participants in the controversy, experts from the conservation community, and current land developers working in Queen Anne’s County today. Please indicate whether your ticket is general admission, or as a guest of Aspen Institute or Eastern Shore Land Conservancy.
Please join us from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, at the Aspen Institute - Wye Woods Conference Center. A reception sponsored by Aspen will follow the discussion.
In late winter 1972, famed community developer and Easton-native Jim Rouse began drafting his company’s plans for one of the most innovative housing developments in the country. After his success with the award-winning Columbia, Maryland, project, Rouse envisioned a modern community of 40,000 residents that would create high population density, low-environmental-impact housing, and would protect the pristine wetlands shoreline of the island.
With the support of land use experts, and with the help of Rouse’s reputation locally and internationally, few could have anticipated that his Wye Island plans, first presented for public review in spring 1973, would lead to one of the most contentious battles in the history of land conservation in the United States.
The panel discussion will include former participants in the controversy, including Boyd Gibbons, the award-winning author of the nonfiction bestseller Wye Island; Ted Rouse, son of James Rouse; experts from the conservation community; and land developers working in Queen Anne’s County today.
Lynn Scarlett - Visiting Scholar at Resources for the Future and former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior
John Wilson - Developer
Rob Etgen - Conservationist (Executive Director of Eastern Shore Land Conservancy)
Ted Rouse - Son of James Rouse
Robin Wood - Queen Anne’s County Planning Office
Boyd Gibbons - Author of Wye Island