Date: 3/20/17 6:58 pm From: <tess...> Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] URGENT ALERT: Dodge Rd Spruce Woods may be cut down for massive Solar Farm on Dodge rd, STARTING in APRIL !!
Well, we always turn off lights not being used - and more importantly we have switched over to LED lights pretty much all through the house. We hang almost all of our laundry up to dry. We keep our thermostat very /very/ low all winter and do not have air conditioning. We have no 'instant on' energy vampires (hey, Martha, you forgot that one!). Can I chime in now?
Nari said the spruces are being chopped down because they will shade some of the panels. I'm wondering how many spruces need to be sacrificed if that is the reason. Couldn't the westernmost 50' of panels be omitted, or only the spruce trees necessary to minimize the most damaging shade be cut? I'm not familiar with the lay of the land there but why is this an all or nothing proposition? Plus, if existing grasslands are being converted to solar panel use, is this an opportunity to get Cornell to commit to managing a different tract that they own so as to maximize its attractiveness to Bobolinks, Meadowlarks, Grasshopper Sparrows, and Harriers? Wind farms and solar farms need large tracts of undeveloped land. So do many species of animals, including birds, and undeveloped land presently used by these species always will be the cheapest & easiest place to site clean energy projects. It is irresponsible to say that all large tracts should be protected as habitat but it is equally irresponsible not to look for ways to preserve what we can of existing habitat within these projects, and even insist on the creation of new habitat nearby when that is impossible, including habitat for non-endangered species (also known as pre-endangered species). If _we_ don't ask for modifications to be put in place to preserve habitat then who will?