Protection of Jones Park, Vestal sign now

We, the undersigned, believe that the Town Board's decision to log Jones Park to generate revenue for the Parks Department is a misguided and irresponsible action by those entrusted to be stewards of Vestal's recreational spaces. Rather than degrade the quality of Vestal's parks in order to increase funds that can be used only for improving Vestal's parks, we believe that the Town Board should respect the wishes of the residents of Vestal and maintain the natural, rural character of Jones Park.

Jones Park is one of the most beautiful places in Vestal, and it is treasured by residents from all walks of life. It is enjoyed by cyclists, walkers, hikers, families with children, and the elderly, many of whom value Jones Park because of its natural character. In addition to its recreational uses, Jones Park has a recognized ecological importance, and it was designated as part of a Critical Environmental Area by the Town of Vestal in 1993.

The Town Board has justified its decision to log Jones Park by referring to the need to create new trails, manage the forest, and to guard against gypsy moths and the emerald ash borer. The trails in Jones Park are already maintained by an excellent volunteer trail crew, and the threat posed by the gypsy moth and the emerald ash borer is unsubstantiated. Furthermore, the Town Board's current plan provides an incentive to harvest as much timber as possible. This would change the entire character of Jones Park from a natural, rural park to an unattractive woodlot.

We urge the the Town Board to withdraw their plans to harvest trees from Jones Park.

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Latest Signatures

  • 25 December 2015300. Joanne C
    I enjoy the natural beauty of Jones Park. Town, State Vestal
  • 23 December 2015299. Nancy T
    I support this petition
  • 12 December 2015298. Van D
    it is nice place, leave it as is Town, State Vestal
  • 13 November 2015297. Eric B
    I support this petition
  • 13 November 2015296. Nicholas Ak
    I support this petition
  • 11 October 2015295. Nancy B
    please leave it alone ! Town, State johnson City, NY
  • 11 October 2015294. Julie Ms
    Raise my taxes again, and again, but don't take my trees for profit. Town, State Vestal, NY
  • 10 October 2015293. Amanda A
    I support this petition
  • 05 September 2015292. C H
    I support this petition
  • 27 August 2015291. John S
    I support this petition
  • 22 August 2015290. Tom K
    Please, no logging! Leave it be. Town, State Binghamton, NY
  • 18 July 2015289. Susan Rs
    Keep the world green!!!
  • 12 July 2015288. Bernhard Andmarciab
    I support this petition
  • 06 July 2015287. Paul J
    I support this petition
  • 21 June 2015286. Tom N
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  • 15 June 2015285. Ruth Ab
    My grandson, age 3, loves to hike at Jones Park. Town, State Binghamton NY
  • 17 May 2015284. Nancy D
    I support this petition
  • 13 May 2015283. Sharon B
    I support this petition
  • 06 May 2015282. Christine N
    I support this petition
  • 28 April 2015281. Carol B
    I support this petition
  • 21 April 2015280. Nancy M
    I support this petition
  • 23 March 2015279. Barbara S
    we need to preserve these woods Town, State Vestal, NY
  • 06 March 2015278. R Ec
    I support this petition
  • 21 February 2015277. David Hw
    I support this petition
  • 26 January 2015276. Jeanne Mh
    I support this petition
  • 17 January 2015275. Matthew S
    Given the current state of timber in Jones Park, I oppose even selective cutting Town, State Vestal, NY
  • 14 January 2015274. Jean Lb
    Please value the in this petition as they reflect my thoughts on the matter. Town, State Vestal, NY 13850

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The Vestal Town Board


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