Change the name

Yes, it should be changed. How about Agnes Baker Pilgrim Road, honoring Granny Aggie, now in her 94th year?

Nancy Parker

Ashland

Support our ecosystem

I was delighted to see that on Sept. 29, the Daily Tidings ran a cover story called "Celebrating Diversity" about the auctioning of my 4-foot by 8-foot original acrylic painting of 42 local butterflies to raise money for the local conservation group Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center.

Why painting butterflies? Because 130 species of butterflies have been documented in this Cascade-Siskiyou region and the documentation of butterflies here is one of the best — and most beautiful — evidences of this place's world-renowned biodiversity.

This region is tied with the Appalachian region for the most plant and butterfly diversity in North America. Our region's Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is the only monument in this country designated for the purpose of protecting biodiversity.

I painted those butterflies because our wild public lands need advocates, now more than ever. I volunteered four months of this past year, January through April, to create the butterfly diversity painting. Throughout this summer I have educated thousands of people about the amazing Cascade-Siskiyou biodiversity and sold hundreds of the butterfly posters (available at debvanpoolen.com) to people at the Lithia Artisans Market.

Now I am asking readers of this letter to step up and do what you can to protect this place we live! If you can, please bid on the painting on Ebay at this link: http://ebay.to/2g4vKCL

The auction ends Saturday, Oct. 14 at 8:30 p.m.! If you cannot afford to participate in the bidding fun, please talk with someone who can!

If you don't have a good home for the painting, the upcoming Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Visitors Center will be happy to showcase it!

Deb Van Poolen

Ashland