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Nelson resident hopes his property will remain farmland forever

Letters to the editor

To the editor:

Thank you for publishing the letter regarding hydrofracking from Jeff and Jodi Andrysick. It confirms other reports that I have been reading about and listening to on local and national radio stations.

My wife and I have been living on our farm in the town of Nelson for nearly 40 years. We have taken several steps to keep it “forever farmland,” including granting a permanent easement to the DEC, keeping our woodlot harvesting to a bare minimum, maintaining our century old barn in good repair and following good farming practices on our cropland.

Our hope is to continue to live on the farm as long as we are able and then to pass it on to our children who have shown an interest in maintaining it.

I know that many of my proximate neighbors feel as we do about the land. Several of these families have been here much longer than we have, some for two or three generations. I suspect that living close to the land and surrounded by nature is more important to them than the acquisition of wealth. Perhaps I am being naïve, but it is hard for me to believe that any of them would consider ‘selling out’ to corporate interests and thereby destroying not only their own land but the land and lives of their neighbors.

Over the past four decades, the good people of Madison County have had the energy and wisdom to fend off two threats to their well-being: the placement of a toxic waste dump in Georgetown and the opening of a huge Walmart in Cazenovia. I am optimistic that they will now have the good sense to act again in the interests of preserving the peace and harmony of our life-styles and our land.

Mark Sicherman

Nelson

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