ALBANY, NY: Save the Pine Bush volunteers discovered
yesterday that the City of Albany bulldozed several roads through
the Pine Bush Preserve last week. Dedicated to the Pine
Bush Preserve by the Albany Common Council in 1991, this Preserve
land is located west of the City landfill .
Click here to see photos of the bulldozing.
The Pine Bush is a globally rare and endangered ecosystem. The
land bulldozed was high quality, classic Pine Bush, known to
support blue lupine plants, the feed plant of the federally
endangered Karner Blue Butterfly. Land dedicated to the Preserve
can only be removed from the Preserve by the New York State
Legislature. The Legislature has not given the City permission
to destroy this land.
It is illegal to bulldoze land set aside as forever wild in
the Pine Bush Preserve.
Save the Pine Bush calls on the City to stop its destruction
of this land, and restore it to its original condition. In
addition, Save the Pine Bush calls on the Department of Environmental
Conservation and the Attorney General to enforce laws that
protect land set aside as forever wild.
“This is an outrageous and arrogant act on the part
of the City of Albany, to openly defy the laws that protect
the Pine Bush Preserve. The City must be stopped now,
before they turn the entire Pine Bush into a landfill,” said
Lynne Jackson, volunteer for Save the Pine Bush.
The Pine Bush is a globally-rare ecosystem located between
Albany and Schenectady. The Pine Bush is a globally rare ecosystem
and is the largest inland pine barrens of its kind in the United
States. There would be no Pine Bush today if it were
not for the efforts of Save the Pine Bush, a not-for-profit,
all volunteer organization dedicated to Pine Bush preservation. Save
the Pine Bush has been filing lawsuits against municipalities
for their illegal approvals of developments in the Pine Bush
for more than 28 years.
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