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CREATING A PARK WILL DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD

I was distressed, though not surprised, to read Richard Tobe's comments about selling 25 acres of lakefront county land to the Town of Evans for $1. "It must be developed as a park," he says.

This sounds innocuous enough, but what that usually means is bulldozing large areas of land for access roads and parking lots, bulldozing larger areas for lawns and picnicking, and clearing out much of the remaining natural landscape for trails.

The run-off from this parking lot will kill the fish near the shore and drive away the mink that now live there. Also, the beavers' dam and canal building will eventually threaten whatever "naturalized" trails we put in, so the beavers would have to go, too. So what is now a beautiful, wild, functioning ecosystem would be reduced to a tame lawn.

Tobe does a fine job as planning commissioner, redeveloping brownfields. But his environmental commissioner's job should be given to someone who understands that sometimes, some property must not be developed, even as a park.

JOE DEMARE Alden