A column about the decline in the world’s wildlife population suggested that “cooperation between nations” is needed to solve the problem [Opinion, “Earth’s wildlife is slipping away,” Oct. 30].

That might be true, but the problem is actually a lot closer than the Amazon jungles or the Siberian taiga. Locally, real estate development and a new hostility to suburban trees is continuously destroying wildlife habitat and killing animals in our own neighborhoods.

This summer, about 50 acres of forest was destroyed in Plainview-Old Bethpage for the Country Pointe real estate project. A legal challenge I organized focused in part on the omission from the environmental review of any estimate of the number of animals that would be affected. The review identified dozens of species of animals inhabiting the woods, but its analysis stopped there.

In Nassau, I have found local governments simply do not stand up for nature, and only legal battles provide any real hope. But too often, the courts refuse to assert their authority, and the results are devastating.

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Richard Brummel, East Hills

Editor’s note: The writer is an environmental organizer, legal activist and owner of the website Planet-in-Peril.org.