Sign the Petition to US Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District: Texas Commission of Environmental Quality: Harris County Flood Control District

This petition closed 8 months ago

Emmottville began in 1939 when Jack and Jennie Emmott moved their family of 9 children into their new home here. When purchased in 1929, the homestead was a dairy and farming property with corn and hay fields (see pic). Fairbanks-N-Houston was a dirt road. The vision of the Emmotts' has left a legacy on these 76 acres and even as far away as Memorial Park. Catherine Emmott was instrumental in acquiring land there and hence was commemorated by Emmott Circle in the park's arboretum. John Jr. has been quoted in an extensive article (framed and presented to us as a housewarming gift) saying "We don't care about the present trend of families to scatter. Our philosophy is to stay together…Basically, the land holds us together. Yes, it's the land. It gives a person identity, strength, and security, and helps solve problems." 

You should sign because while the family has watched the environment around them being destroyed for subdivisions and industrial complexes, they've planted acres and acres of Live Oak trees, ornamentals, and fruit trees and have changed the landscape from prairie to sustainable forest. They believe in being stewards of the land and giving back. 

This house especially, and the neighborhood holds thousands of memories for these family members that live here. Everytime we talk to a neighbor we get a peak into the past and the history of this place. A group of young brothers run amuck on their 4-wheelers, playing in the woods, climbing trees, and being boys, just like their grandparents did.  They always politely ask permission to climb the Magnolia tree out front that they climbed when their Grandparents lived here.  Their handprints are imprinted into the concrete foundation of our carport.  They too usually swap a story for an ice cream. We have 2 vintage ice cream trucks and they just seem to fit here in Emmottville. We've taken them to their family reunions where huge brick ovens built in the 50's stand with permanent concrete picnic tables. We have been invited to many events at the Emmott's church. Their annual BBQ was my favorite. About 20 men meet up at 4am every year and start cooking! The teachers that live down the road have a small, chicken hatchery. They sell eggs to Wabash feed store & give us farm-fresh eggs on occasion. Our 3-year-old loves to go down there and look for blackberries and feed carrots to the family mule. They have a beautiful garden which we are hoping to emulate on our land. We are compost worm-farming now, and hope to keep bees soon too. In just our short time here, we have made so many of our own memories, memories that we would be hard-pressed to find in Houston elsewhere. Our toddler held her first baby goose here, a newly-hatched chick, petted a baby raccoon. It's the kind of place that my parents grew up in. Where everyone borrows stuff and returns it in better condition than they found it, fixes stuff, takes care of each other's kids. It's a place where your toddler can play outside and explore without any worries of a car running her over or someone taking her. It just an amazing place, populated by amazing people. These people are 4th and 5th generation ...how rare is that? Maybe as rare as the Chimney Swift, a migratory bird, that is nearly on the moderately endangered list and is protected by the Migratory Birds Act of 1918. We heard them taking up house in our chimney just last night. We have been anxiously awaiting their return. They are the fastest declining bird population in Texas due to newly-designed chimneys of modern houses. The chimney swifts migrate to Peru & return to the same place every year. Each swift can eat 300 mosquitoes in a hour helping curb the dangerous mosquito population. But with the destruction of houses like these in order to build subdivisions, trailer parks, warehouses, and retention ponds (mosquito-breeders); the numbers are growing. Please help preserve this preserve!

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