2000-07-12 / Letters to the Editor
Protect What Little Farmland Is Left In Putnam County Dear Editor:
In the continued discussion of wetlands, it is always interesting that the wetland legislation advocates mention unspecified biodiversity and numerous mosquito-eating birds. When I am mowing the beautiful hay fields (in many cases drained from wetlands many years ago by our more creative forefathers), I see a host of swallows and redwinged black birds which prefer to live in open spaces devouring bugs of every kind including any mosquitoes which might venture from a swamp. Hay fields are a critical part of the water table where water does, in fact, enter the ground rather than being impounded on a clay base as in swamps. They are beautiful and productive. Is it not ironic that while we have a host of laws that protect swamps, craggy slopes and second growth forests, we have no laws protecting our true open spaces and beautiful fields on the unique and rare good soils of Putnam County? If we are going to protect the useless, perhaps it would be wise to protect the valuable as well and yet our short sighted town boards see fit to speak against the creation of an Agricultural District to protect what little farmland still exists in Putnam County.