The USF Forest Preserve is a square mile of relative wilderness northeast of the USF Tampa campus, and in addition to being a wildlife refuge and environmentally significant link in a Central Florida greenbelt, it is a resource for scholarship by USF faculty and students. Nevertheless, the USF Administration recently posted a "Request for Information" to determine if any firms or other entities were interested in developing or making use of it. In response, the USF Senate made a Resolution of the University of South Florida Faculty Senate stating that, "...the Faculty of the University of South Florida are vehemently opposed to any development or destruction of the Forest Preserve... "
The USF Chapter of the United Faculty of Florida resolved that UFF issue a statement in support of the Faculty Senate's resolution. This is that statement.
Whereas, an RFI on the plot of land designated as the USF Forest Preserve has been posted, and
Whereas, the USF Faculty Senate observed that the USF Forest Preserve serves critical environmental functions, and
Whereas, the USF Faculty Senate observed that the USF Forest Preserve is a critical teaching and research resource, and
Whereas, the USF Forest Preserve is a major resource to faculty in at least seven departments for both teaching and research, and is thus important to those faculty for carrying out their assigned scholarly duties, and
Whereas, the USF Forest Preserve is a major resource to graduate students both for completion of their dissertation and thesis work and for their instructional duties,
Therefore, be it resolved that the United Faculty of Florida declares the USF Forest Preserve to be of intrinsic value, both to the mission of the University of South Florida, and to the faculty and student employees within the UFF USF Bargaining Unit, and as such it should be regarded as being held in trust by the USF Board of Trustees, to be maintained in perpetuity as a resource for the University, and
Therefore, the United Faculty of Florida opposes any attempt to dispose of or compromise the USF Forest Preserve.
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