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Nature's last stand

Monday, May 05, 2014 - Updated: 9:12 PM

Dear Cris,

In 1903, President Teddy Roosevelt discovered even when laws were passed to protect the Adirondacks that the game wardens hired to prevent poachers from killing animals illegally were city people who got these jobs from powerful friends, but knew noting of the woods. He ordered those jobs to go to local woodsmen who understood the wild places. (The Leader-Herald, March 12, 2014)

The week of April 30, 1965 more than 100 persons attended a meeting of the White Tail Deer Association in Herkimer. The association agreed to work with legislators to bring about a better deer management program under the New York State Conservation Department.

Present was Assemblyman Glenn Harris, who introduced several conservation bills conserving deer. The group voted to study a deer-feeding program. (Hamilton County Express April 3, 2014)

I'm asking the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation have these programs been stopped? Because I feel the deer herd and fisher population in the West Canada and Speculator area are extremely low. If not, can they be renewed? In my opinion conditions are worse now than in 1903.

Isn't it ironic, we did away with the one-room schoolhouse, the small country church and we are phasing out more of the old farm ways? Country life is changing faster than life itself. People are leaving the cities in droves and changing our rural life daily.

It's possible and probably wild forest and wilderness could be the last clean, quiet place. The Adirondack Park may be the animals' and nature's last stand in New York state. Let's be careful. Wilderness forever...

Lewis N. Page Sr.



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