SCHENECTADY, NY: The Schenectady Public Library
was the site of an organizational meeting of people interested
in permanently preserving
the Woodlawn Preserve and Pine Bush in Niskayuna and the Town of
Colonie. More than fifteen people attended.
A presentation was made about what is happening at the moment
with Woodlawn and the Town of Colonie.
After the public hearing on the proposal by the City of Schenectady
to sell Woodlawn to a developer to build houses, nothing
has happened (which is good). It was obvious to the City Council
opposed the sale of the land. However, unless something is
done about the problems with the land (dumping of garbage
it is clear that more development proposals will be entertained
by the Council.
The challenge is how to preserve this area permanently.
In the Town of Colonie, a couple of development proposals
have been made on Pine Bush land that would be important
In addition, Pine Bush owned by Niagara-Mohawk Power
Corporation should be added to the Preserve to make a hiking
Much work needs to be done to protect the Western Pine
Bush and Woodlawn. The people who attended the organizing
to create five committees to address preserving this
land. The five committees are Stewardship, Management
Education, Sprawl and Economic Issues. Anyone interested
in helping to protect this land is welcome to help
out on one
or more of the
committees. Please contact Jeff Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Lynne Jackson at email@example.com for more information
or to volunteer.
Also, anyone interested in volunteering to become an
officer in this new organization is welcome contact
John Van Deloo