Where is the Transparency Behind this Hunting Deal?

Where is the Transparency Behind this Hunting Deal?

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John Morris started this petition to Danielle Chesebrough and

Dear Neighbors — A few months ago it came to my attention that The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFW) plans to purchase a 100 acre plot of land in the Al Harvey Road area (see red area on map). This was brought to my attention when I read an article in The New London Day and realized it was next to my home. While I of course have concerns about open gun-hunting next to my property, I have significant concerns about the danger of gun-hunting on such a small parcel and one that incorporates public hiking.


THE ISSUE

  • USFW intends to open this 100 acre piece to gun-hunting. This land is next to the proposed Aquarion/Avalonia (green area on map, approximately) parcel which contains public walking trails that cross the proposed USFW parcel.
  • USFW has revealed no plans to mark any clear demarcation on the interior for the boundary between Avalonia and the hunting land
  • USFW refuses to say what game and seasons they intend to allow for gun-hunting
  • First Selectwoman Danielle Chesebrough has so far been reluctant to hold a public meeting to discuss the hunting issue
  • USFW refuses to talk to the public, pre-acqusition to discuss any plans to provide for the safety of children, dogs, and hikers
  • $300,000 of Public funds have been approved to facilitate this transaction and the residents of Stonington have the right to review the plan

THE SOLUTION
We are interested in preserving this land for the public use to enjoy hiking and nature without the disturbance and danger of gun-hunting on such a small parcel. If hunting is allowed, there should be information about:

  • How people would be prevented from accessing the land on trails during hunting periods
  • What kinds of hunting would be allowed
  • How the Town of Stonington plans to manage this land. The acquisition should be consistent with All of the Town of Stonington's goals as stated in the Town's Open Space Plan: an official document that spells out how any public, open space area is to be managed. This document does not mention hunting.

HOW TO HELP

[1] Sign the petition

[2] Write to First Selectwoman Danielle Chesebrough to demand a public forum to allow residents of Stonington an opportunity to have an open discussion on this matter. Email: dchesebrough@stonington-ct.gov

[3] Write to Congressman Joe Courtney, U.S. Representative of the 2nd District, to demand that USFW (a federal agency) not be part of this transaction without public input. Contact: https://courtney.house.gov/zip-code-lookup?form=/contact/email

[4] Read more about this issue in The Day: https://www.theday.com/local-news/20211125/stonington-residents-concerned-about-hunting-on-proposed-conservation-land

[5] Share with your friends and neighbors and encourage them to join the cause

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