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Wildlife Refuge deserves protection from quarry

Posted 14 October 2016 at 9:12 am

Editor:

For those who are unaware, the Iroquois Wildlife Refuge in the Town of Shelby, Orleans County, is in danger. Frontier Stone is proposing to put a stone quarry on farmland at the northern border of the refuge.

The DEC, surprisingly, finds no problem in putting a quarry right next to this valuable wetland area. The Town of Shelby is currently attempting to protect the refuge from industrial encroachment and is trying to preserve the natural environment of the refuge for the creatures that live in this habitat as well as preserve and protect it for the thousands of people who visit each year from near and far to enjoy its natural beauty.

This will affect hunters, fishermen, bird watchers, educational facilities and others, and may set a precedent for parks, refuges, and wetlands in other areas of the country.

Our wildlife refuge and animal habitats must be preserved for future generations and we need to ensure that our stewardship of the earth is undertaken responsibility so that more species of wildlife do not become extinct.

If this concerns you, please write a letter of support to the Shelby Town Board (4062 Saltworks Rd. Medina, NY 14103) and to your elected representative in your area.

Sincerely,

Richard and Melissa Maurer

Town of Shelby