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More at stake

To The Editor:

This is in response to Neil Johnson’s letter concerning zoning and True North.

I am an adjacent property owner to the state-owned Howe Block property that has been used by True North. My grandparents owned land off the Dana Hill Road, and I have hiked and skied and hunted in this area since the 1950s.

I served on the Moretown Planning Commission for seven years and have served on development review boards. It seems that even simple issues are actually quite complex and with politics and friends part of the equation, resolving an issue can be a difficult process.

I support the Act 250 decision that denies True North usage of the Howe Block land. I imagine that most people are not aware of the number and size of the cleared-to-the-bare-ground campsites that True North utilizes in important wildlife habitat. It is not possible to have that many people camping month after month in a wildlife habitat area without significant impact.

There is much more at stake than is readily apparent. Commercial usage of state-owned land that is and has been important wildlife habitat is not appropriate.

There is a considerable amount of money involved with this issue and True North would like to continue using this remote land. So would the wildlife that has been using it.

 

John Gallagher

Moretown

 

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