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A good cause at Little Lake

March 11, 2009

Re "Power plant and hunters at odds," March 7

The Inyo County Planning Commission permit application by Coso Operating Co. seeking to pump water from an aquifer that is the "lifeblood" of the Little Lake Ranch hunting club is a disaster in the making.

Although Little Lake Ranch is private property, the owners are not the only concerned citizens in this matter. Archaeologists and historians are among many stakeholders in the rich past of Little Lake and the fragile ecology of the California desert. With the support of Little Lake Ranch, my team has worked for more than 10 years to record hundreds of rock art elements that are among the most priceless examples of ancient aesthetics in the state. I support Little Lake Ranch property owners in this fight to defend the lake. They have proved themselves to be capable and ethical stewards of their land.

I cannot be the only Californian who is suspicious of Coso and the other self-interested businesses of late that push citizens to open their wallets, give up assets and mortgage our shared future.

Jo Anne Van Tilburg

Los Angeles

The writer is a research associate at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA.

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