Mangroves are irreplaceable and important:

a. as buffers against storms (hurricanes & tsunamis)

b. as nurseries for fish which feed people in coastal communities and throughout the world by providing the ocean's fishes with a safe place for them to grow up.

c. as important habitat for many living things

d. to protect the health of sea grass beds and coral reefs.

from Scientific American Magazine:
"One perceives a forest of jagged, gnarled trees protruding from the surface of the sea, roots anchored in deep, black, foul-smelling mud, verdant crowns arching toward a blazing sun...Here is where land and sea intertwine, where the line dividing ocean and continent blurs, in this setting the marine biologist and the forest ecologist both must work at the extreme reaches of their disciplines..." ("Caribbean Mangrove Swamps" by Klause Rutzler and Ilka C. Feller, Scientific American, March 1996, p. 94)

Perhaps if enough people around the world write letters to Hilton Hotels, we can save some of these mangroves.

Thanks for caring!!
Lynne Cherry
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HILTON CONTACTS:

Stephen F. Bollenbach
Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Hilton Hotels Corporation
9336 Civic Center Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
United States

Matthew J. Hart
President and Chief Operating Officer
Hilton Hotels Corporation
9336 Civic Center Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
United States

Ian Carter, CEO, Hilton International
Maple Court
Central Park , Reeds Crescent
Watford
Hertfordshire WD24 4QQ UK
Tel: +44 (0)207 856 8000 Fax: +44 (0)207 856 8001

Karla Visconti
Latin America/​Caribbean
Hilton International
901 Ponce de Leon Blvd. , Suite 700
Coral Gables
FL 33134 USA
Tel: +1 305 774 4534
Fax: +1 305-476-7186
Email: karla.visconti@​hilton.com

Clem Barter
President
Conrad Hotels
Avenue Louise 71 , 1050 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 542 48 80 Fax: +32 2 542 47 70
Email: clem_barter@​hilton.com

Catherine Couplan
Director of Public Relations
Conrad Hotels
Avenue Louise 71
1050 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 542 47 90 Fax: +32 2 542 43 00
Email: catherine_couplan@​hilton.com

Hilton Group Corporate, Social Responsibility Manager
c/​o Group Secretariat
Hilton Group plc
Maple Court , Reeds Crescent
Central Park
Watford , Hertfordshire WD24 4QQ
Email: csr@​hilton.com
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Contact: Ivan Johnson tel: (242)-322-7112 cell: (242)-357-7240 Fax: (242)-323-5268
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Bulldozers are digging up the fragile ecosystem on Bimini in the Bahamas to build up more land to build a casino, marina, golf course and condominiums.

Kids, Please Help Save the Mangroves of Bimini in the Bahamas WRITE TO CONRAD HILTON. YOUR LETTERS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Below are people to write to.

The Sea, The Storm and the Mangrove Tangle

“A seed from a mangrove tree floats on the sea until it comes to rest on the shore of a faraway lagoon where, over time, it becomes a mangrove island that shelters many birds and animals, even during a hurricane. And the cycle begins again. While the message is clear, it is the splendid, realistic illustrations of marine life akin to the author’s near classic The Great Kapok Tree (1990) that generate appreciation and awareness of the endangered mangroves…The author’s note explains how beneficial they are and makes a plea to save the mangroves by writing support letters.” Kirkus review

Trouble in Paradise. These Bimini mangroves (seen from the air) should be protected as a Marine Protected Area (MPA) but they are threatened with development. Scroll down the left sidebar to see what you can do to help save them!

Bimini Destroyed: The brown area used to be all mangroves. HILTON HOTELS TORE UP MOST OF THE MANGROVES. Please help prevent this from happening on the rest of the island by writing to Hilton hotels. PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO SEE A SAMPLE LETTER TO THE C.E.O. OF HILTON HOTELS.

AN ECOLOGICAL TRAGEDY UNFOLDS ON BIMINI IN THE BAHAMAS: Hilton Hotels Destroys Irreplaceable Essential Mangrove Ecosystem

Bimini was made famous by Ernest Hemingway who set his novel Islands in the Stream there. Its proximity to the Gulf Stream and a deep ocean channel makes it a sports fisherman’s paradise.

MANGROVES provide nurseries to all the fish in the sea; Fish can lay their eggs there. Larval fish can grow up there and small fish can hide there. Mangroves also protect the young of conch, lobster, shrimp, finfish and bonefish (sports fish) Without the mangroves, the Bahamas lose their fish!

Bimini’s fishery is the keystone of its economy: the people of Bimini depend on the fishery for their food, and the natural beauty and bounty of the island attract tourists, an economic mainstay.

The North Sound of Bimini, which consists entirely of mangroves, was supposed to have been preserved as a Marine Protected Area (MPA) where the eggs of fish, conch, shrimp, lobsters and many other living things could grow up into adulthood without being disturbed.


This developer wants to destroy all the mangroves and build a casino, hotel, golf course, marina and more condominiums.

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