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Gravel pits bad for trips

August 20, 2012
The Leader Herald

I lived in Gloversville for nearly 20 years. One of the advantages of living there for me was the opportunity to go into the woods near the Hale Creek Station for hiking, running, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Besides the tranquility of the forest, my excursions involved encounters with turkeys, porcupines, fox, rabbits, squirrels, hawks and owls. It's disturbing to me to hear that a gravel pit may be established in this area.

I have some experience with an operation of this type near my current home in Greenfield in Saratoga County. Anyone who lives near a gravel pit should be prepared to listen to the sound of rock grinding machinery all day long. Recently, I made a trip in my kayak on Fall Stream near Piseco. This had been one of my favorite paddling trips but I hadn't been to Fall Stream for a few years. Much to my disappointment, although I paddled about five miles into the Adirondack wilderness, I could hear the sound of machinery the entire time. Apparently, a gravel pit had been established in the area since my last trip. I doubt I will return to that area.

I urge the residents who live near the Hale Creek Station or use the Nature Trail in that preserve to think carefully about the consequences of allowing a gravel pit in that area.

GEORGE PILKEY

Middle Grove, Saratoga County

 
 

 

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