1:51 PM EST, December 16, 2011
I want to comment on the article by Kevin Rector about the development on Hilltop Road ("Activists fear loss of forest near park," Catonsville Times, Dec. 7).
The reason that society puts land into preserves, state parks and land banks is to prevent its development.
Recently, environmentalists have taken up the cause of trying to prevent the development of land adjacent to that placed in preserves.
Environmentalists on the Eastern Shore of Maryland used that argument in an attempt to prevent the development of land next to the Black Water Preserve. That land is next to land that is next to land that is next to the forest preserve.
Another point of the article is about clear cutting. Clear cutting is a completely different issue.
What development restrictions has Baltimore County placed on land use when a developer would rather clear cut?
Presumably, clear cutting is more economical for the developer.
But actually, clear cutting is very expensive: trees and branches must be disposed of and stumps removed.
Reforestation fees are payable even when the forest is preserved.
Rather than scourging developers, maybe we should take a good look at the process so that developers would find an incentive to preserve existing forests.
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