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Preservation vs. conservation

To the editor:

New York state “constitutionalized” the Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserves to protect the Hudson River watershed and the New York City water supply. Logging had threatened both. Smoke from forest fires here could be seen there!

Preservationists want the state to buy land in the preserves to stop logging. The state enacted the Adirondack and Catskill Parks to do same. It has yet to halfway happen!

Conservationists see forests as tree farms to be cut. The problem is that it takes about 80 years for a tree to fully regrow here! Meanwhile, logging continues, against the original intents of Article XIV (forever wild clause) of the state constitution and the Adirondack and Catskill Parks!

Paul Herrmann

Saranac Lake

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