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?

Alicia



On 3/20/2017 11:55 AM, Martha Fischer wrote:
> Dear All -
>
> Please make a commitment to USE LESS ENERGY.
>
> Turn off lights that are not being used.
>
> Reduce your use of the clothes dryer and other conveniences.
>
> Accept inconvenience.
>
> And then letıs have this discussion.
>
> Take care,
>
> Martha Fischer
> Town of Enfield
>
> On 3/20/17, 9:48 AM,"<bounce-121351030-3494015...> on behalf of Nari Mistry" <bounce-121351030-3494015...> on behalf of <nbm2...> wrote:
>
>> There is urgent need for lovers of birds and wildlife along Dodge Rd. to
>> be aware of imminent developments along Dodge Rd.
>>
>> The massive industrial scale solar farm proposed in all the Cornell
>> owned fields along Dodge Rd and Stevenson Rd (as well as Turkey Hill
>> Rd.) is planning to start construction in a few weeks. There was a
>> hearing in Dryden last Thursday at which many residents spoke out
>> against the massive scale of the project which will devastate wildlife
>> habitat.
>>
>> We have just learned this morning from a member of the Dryden
>> Conservation Board that they are proposing to cut down the Spruce Woods
>> bordering the WEST side of Dodge Rd. because they will shadow the panels
>> slated to go right along the very edge of Dodge R. next to a
>> (barbed-wire topped) fence!
>>
>> If you are concerned about this assault and the effect of replacing all
>> the grassland in the fields with sod under the panels (and
>> herbicides???), please write immediately to the Dryden Town Board and
>> ATTEND THE PLANNING BOARD MEETING scheduled on THIS Thursday March 23,
>> at 7pm at the Dryden Town Hall on Main Street.
>>
>> Please express your opinion that may help reduce the scale of this
>> commercial operation that will devastate wildlife in this favorite
>> location for viewing wildlife!
>>
>> Nari & Gin Mistry
>>
>> Ellis Hollow rd.
>>
>>
>>
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