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Conservation IssuePole Farm
Hearings Continue

Rick Dutko

The Mercer County Park Commission has been holding public hearings on the fate of the development of the new Mercer County Park North West (a.k.a. AT&T Pole Farm). As this went to press, 2 public hearings have already been held in Hopewell and Lawrence Townships and a third in Ewing Township will be announced soon. We urge our members to participate in these hearings and to voice your opinions on the development, or non-development, of this 800+ acre county park. Check your local newspapers for the date and time or check our phone service at (609) 730-8200 and select #4 (Conservation).

We would like to thank the members who have already voiced their opposition to some of the development (i.e. golf courses) and supported passive use and preserving the agricultural and natural vistas on the property. But we would also like to remind you that these few opinions will be just that unless others join in and express their concerns about the Pole Farm. We, as a chapter, have offered to provide the County with data assimilated from the WCAS chapterís natural resource inventory but this inventory has been both hurried and sporadic and lacks the comprehensive stature of our 2 year effort at the Sourland Mountain Preserve in 1994 and 1995. Regardless, we hope that you have visited the Pole Farm and experienced its many rewards and can share them directly with the Mercer County Park Planning Committee or submit your observations to our chapter for inclusion into our Chapterís summary later this year.

If anyone is interested in participating in the biological inventory please contact either Rick Dutko (609) 882-4374, Herb Lord (609) 443-3981 or Pat Sziber (609) 737-1189 for more details.

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