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Live and work in a thinking, rational world

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High ethical standards applied to everything in ones' life

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A project that needs to be done and can be done

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LITTLE FRIENDS FOR PEACE INC
September 17, 2013

Little Friends for Peace has not used Oasis since June for "visitors" or clients, as far as the neighborhood is aware. We are grateful that the letter they received from the National Park Service discussing the Scenic Easement restrictions on the property alerted them to inappropriate usage.

The LFFP website still lists the Oasis as one of their locations, however, making the community uncomfortable. The last line of the Oasis description says "The Parks welcome those who seek peace to enjoy the Oasis and all it has to offer."

Only the long grass and the tree down across the driveway give us hope that LFFP illegal use of the property may have come to an end.

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No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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General Member of the Public

LITTLE FRIENDS FOR PEACE INC
November 5, 2011

I am sure LFFP is a great organization, doing great things that need doing. I have no experience as to their effectiveness.
However, their Peace Oasis is being operated against national scenic easements, county zoning regulations, and community covenants. The Parks family insists that everyone who visits their property is a guest of the family. Their lawyer wrote a letter to the county saying that no more than 5 children accompanied by adults would visit the property. A month later, in the fall of 2010, there were over 20 children and numerous adults visiting Peace Oasis. The Parks were not present. The group was trespassing on an adjacent property and, to make things potentially really ghastly, there is deer poaching going on in that area of the neighborhood. Please, please move your dream to a more appropriate location.

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The impact LFFP's Peace Oasis has on the community is an open sore. The National Park Service has chosen to ignore hard evidence, relying on the word of the Parks family, and in the process may break some of the oldest federal scenic easements in the country. The effect on all federal easements is potentially devastating; the effect on the community will be awful.

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LFFP needs to find a new home for its Peace Oasis!

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No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

How did you learn about this organization?

This organization operates a retreat in my community that has posed problems from the beginning.

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General Member of the Public

LITTLE FRIENDS FOR PEACE INC
November 4, 2010

I am a long time resident of the Moyaone community where Camp Oasis is located. Those I have spoken to in the community think the LFFP a great program; a program that is greatly needed in this violent world. As do I. Everyone who has met the Parks reports that the family is very nice. However, there are several problems with having LFFP/Camp Oasis as a neighbor: The property is zoned residential but representation of Camp Oasis on the internet suggests that the primary purpose of the property is for LFFP use. If so, this use is prohibited by county zoning laws. The septic system was designed for a family and is unlikely to have the capacity for groups of people. Spillage is not only a health problem for the neighbors but for the Potomac and Chesapeake Bay. Today, a group of more than 20 children and 8 adults from Camp Oasis were encountered traversing an adjacent property that they had not requested nor received permission to enter. Posting property boundary markers and teaching clients not to trespass beyond is especially critical now in the middle of deer hunting season. It can be hazardous to their health! The property itself is under easement to the United States government and use of the property for Camp Oasis is breaking the intent of the law. So, while the community supports the purpose of Camp Oasis, we wish that the Parks had found a suitable location for its programs.

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No personal experience; the website and personal reports make it sound like a great program.

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Suggestions: Close down the current Camp Oasis and work with the nearby Alice Ferguson Foundation's education program to use their more appropriate facility. The AFF has meeting, dormitory and kitchen facilities, farm, and many acres adjacent to the Piscataway Park. I have no vested interest in the AFF but think its facilities offer LFFP more than the current Camp Oasis and it is legal! www.fergusonfoundation.org

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General Member of the Public & I am a member of a community that is dedicated to preserving the US scenic easements for the Piscataway Park.