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Schedler woods must be preserved for Ridgewood


OCTOBER 30, 2015    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2015, 12:31 AM

Schedler woods must be preserved

To the Editor:

When it comes to the Schedler property, we mustn’t be naughty and we can’t afford to be nice.

We mustn’t be naughty and remove a majority of the trees for a 90-foot athletic field, but likewise a “nice park” as many residents recommend won’t do either.

Ridgewood, Bergen County, America and the rest of the world is experiencing an environmental crisis of unprecedented proportions due to a dire lack of what we now call wildscapes: undeveloped land where our ecological system can flourish.

Because we have so few remaining acreages of woods and forests, the balance of plants and wildlife required to produce food, the quality of our air and water is seriously threatened.

There has always been a “necessary reason,” as it is phrased, for woods to be replaced by development.

We are told we need another shopping mall, a strip mall, another housing development, another parking lot, another athletic field. You name it and there is an excuse for trees to be chopped down.

But now the time has arrived where it is vital that to preserve every acre of remaining woodland.

Therefore, it would be irresponsible to develop Schedler to any degree whatsoever.

Let our 7 acres of Schedler become a beacon, a lodestar, perhaps even accruing the power of a meme, communicating that we in Ridgewood know that those wild woods left alone are of the utmost value.

Diane Palacios