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'Ducks don't dance or ride the ferris wheel'


Dear Editor: The Town of Gander is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Also, the plan for future development of the Gander will be finalized before the end of this year. Has the town matured to the point where it would consider incorporating a greenbelt into the final development plan? A greenbelt is not a strip of trees left around a boardwalk. It is an area of land that is protected from development and is intended to preserve the natural environment. This would be a lasting legacy to the foresight of town planners.

Letters to the Editor - Dear Editor:

The Town of Gander is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Also, the plan for future development of the Gander will be finalized before the end of this year.

Has the town matured to the point where it would consider incorporating a greenbelt into the final development plan? A greenbelt is not a strip of trees left around a boardwalk. It is an area of land that is protected from development and is intended to preserve the natural environment. This would be a lasting legacy to the foresight of town planners.

Or, will the concert at Cobb's Pond and the carnival rides be the inspiration for Gander, as we look to the future? Is this activity befitting for a park that was supposed to be protected under The Wetlands Stewardship Agreement signed by Mayor Claude Elliott? Ducks don't dance or ride the ferris wheel.

The inspiration for a greenbelt and the protection of the environment must come from the citizens of Gander.

The inspiration will not come from the two pulp and paper companies that have the cutting rights on the crown land around the town. No representative from the town had the interest to attend the planning meetings that decided the future clearcuts. Large areas of our forest are reduced to stumps and tangled alders.

The inspiration will not come from land developers who have the objective to maximize the number of houses in a give area. They would build houses on the bogs if they would not sink in the peat.

The inspiration will not come from the Gander Airport Authority, which is a major landowner in the town. The authority just finished a major clearcut south of the airport. The sale of the wood supplements the coffers. In the past, it has cut much of the forest around Deadman's Pond. I doubt if any of these cuts were subject to an environmental assessment or public consultation.

The inspiration would come from a place like Toronto, which is a world leader in banning development on environmentally sensitive land. The protected land around the city and southern Ontario is the largest greenbelt in the world.

Can we justify a greenbelt in Gander? Or will it take another 50 years?

David Bradbury, Gander

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