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Students studying the ACR
May 7, 2012 - Jessica Collier
Matthias Nevins, a conservation biology student at St. Lawrence University in Canton, wrote this letter to the editor to the Watertown Daily Times, which the paper posted online Sunday.
Much of his letter summarizes the project and what it has gone through to this point, but here's the crux:
"It is my personal opinion that this project should never have been approved due to the lack of ecological surveying and appropriate environmental planning deemed necessary by the APA. I urge you to contact the APA to criticize the approval of this incomplete, environmentally destructive and economically unsustainable development."
He said he and his colleagues interviewed "several stakeholders from the ACR including attorneys, conservation activists, ecologists, real estate agents, members of the Tupper Lake community and the developers."
Nevins is not the first student to write a paper on the ACR. Since I started working at the Enterprise, I've had students periodically email me from SUNY Canton, Clarkson, SLU and other colleges asking about the project. I also know some people who did studies of it early on in the development stages.
I'm going to a presentation on Friday of North Country Community College students who have been studying the project, a class I believe I wrote a story about last year when the ACR was being presented to the APA board. Look for a story on that in Saturday or Monday's paper.
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