To Not Timber Moon Lake Park
  • Petitioning County Council Member

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County Council Member
COUNTY MANAGER
Robert C. Lawton

To Not Timber Moon Lake Park

    1. Charles Estock
    2. Petition by

      Charles Estock

      Wilkes Barre, PA

  • Moon Lake is a mountain bikers Heaven in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. This petition is to STOP the harvesting before it begins WHERE THERE IS SINGLETRACK. The trails were made by all volunteers, who spent years making this a mountain biking destination that is now in danger. Our County Commissioners decided to do "Selective Harvesting".

 

This was described as take stewardship of the land and not clear cut , but rather take only selected trees annually. Trees then would be topped and that material used as mulch to create trails in the wooded area where their equipment left ruts. Along the trails there would be exercise stations for use by hikers and bikers. They would clear out dead hard and soft wood trees, clear under trees material , leaves etc. , that would prevent new growth. This would be a yearly process as they would not take all the trees they found beneficial in one year. Cuttings would be a fall activity as , the trees taken would be done when there was less sap involved. The main person I spoke to is an Engineer and a Forrester Graduate of the U. Of Maryland. He also did this work for the Federal government and was in service for 30 years. Google him.. His name is Clarence F. LaMora, Jr. Also, this all would be done at no cost to the county yet the county would get 50% of all profits from the sale of the wood.

 

. Several people in our community have witnessed the damage that heavy machinery does during harvesting including ruts that are waist deep, branches left behind and excessive briars growing in. This has deeply saddened the mountain bike community all around our area. Please sign this petition to save our singletrack and let our County Council know how much we love our singletrack. .

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Mothers day weekend

      Charles Estock
      Petition Organizer

      Great to see people out on Mothers day weekend at the Moon, plenty of people fishing and biking on Saturday, Sunday I saw people fishing, having cook outs, hiking, walking their dogs, biking.
      So glad to see people using the park

    2. "Moon Lake belongs in better hands " Times Leader

      Charles Estock
      Petition Organizer
      Our Opinion: Put Moon Lake Park in hands of better caretaker

      Moon Lake Park deserves better treatment. The recreation spot in Plymouth Township - which once drew more than 100,000 visitors a year to its campground, swimming pool and namesake lake - again is being eyed like an ATM machine capable of spitting out fast cash rather than a publicly owned treasure to be perpetually conserved and enjoyed in its natural state.

    3. Reached 250 signatures
    4. Facebook

      Charles Estock
      Petition Organizer

      We need everyone to post and share this petition on their Face Book page, and ask that they also share it, we need to spread the word and once again get their attention.
      When this comes up for vote at the Council meeting we need to overflow the room with supporters for Moon Lake Park.

    5. Need more people to realize this is almost a reality

      Charles Estock
      Petition Organizer

      247 total signatures, hell I've seen 50 people up there riding in one day let alone fishing, hiking, dog walkers, plane flyers, visitors from out of State.
      I think that it being on National news that will get everyone's attention that this really can happen, and will happen unless we stand up for the park. Once it starts there's no turning back the trail systems will be ruined and this will be a continued venture over years so there's no coming back from it.

    6. Channel sixteen running a story on logging at Moon Lake.

      Charles Estock
      Petition Organizer

      It's now hitting the news, I think within 2 years or sooner this will become reality and the trail system will be destroyed.
      This affects Mountain Bikers, Hikers, Dog walkers, Fisherman, as the whole ecosystem will be affected.
      If you take a look at the comments at the bottom not one of them are positive.

      /wnep.com/2014/05/05/cash-strapped-luzerne-county-considers-logging/

    7. Citizens Voice

      Charles Estock
      Petition Organizer

      I contacted a reporter at Citizens voice and she is following this story very carefully, and promiced to keep me updated on the answers she finds out regarding the different dates on Timbering.

    8. Promices broken allready!

      Charles Estock
      Petition Organizer

      So much for the 10 year agreement and the 15 year tree growth, I just got a email from a council member stating that.
      The County manager informed all that timbering is not allowed at Moon Lake until 2017.

    9. UPDATE from the council meeting

      Charles Estock
      Petition Organizer

      Mr. Lawton mentioned the petition at Change.org last night at the council meeting. He also admitted that they have 10 years left on an agreement about recreational use.
      He also stated that their own feasability study put the forest at Moon Lake at not being mature enough for harvesting for 15 years.
      Lawton also added they would be willing to look at other county owned property for trees, does that include the Tubs?
      Please keep the petition going and show them that we the people care about Moon Lake Park.

    10. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • timothy eftymiades LANCASTER, PA
      • 23 days ago

      Against greed. I'm for nature.

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    • David Ader NANTICOKE, PA
      • about 1 month ago

      Concerned Mountain bike rider

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    • julianna kobylarz NANTICOKE, PA
      • about 1 month ago

      Moon Lake is a wonderful nature park for hiking, biking, and formerly for swimming and camping. It may have been abandoned by county officials but not by citizens and the land should not be raped of it's beauty.

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    • Linda Warren WILKES-BARRE, PA
      • about 1 month ago

      Anyone with half a brain knows trees are necessary for the life of our planet & council members are not .

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    • Katherine Marion VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • about 1 month ago

      Mother Earth was not created .. to be ravaged and salvaged .. as broken legs of lumber and refuse. Bless us for refusing .. to further sully her .. or desecrate her name or her vast and expansive self.

      With soul enough .. to know,

      Katherine Marin

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