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Tension eased, help sought for College Lodge

July 26, 2013

Tensions between environmentalists and SUNY Fredonia College Lodge administrators were seemingly diffused Tuesday after it was made clear the lodge will not become a tree farm, as perceived from a......

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Jul-29-13 6:57 PM

@DarkStar I am pretty sure that no student fees currently go directly to FSA for the College Lodge. There was talk at the meeting of asking the students if they wanted to include a $3 per student fee to help support the college lodge. This fee would mirror the original $3 per student contribution that was made in the 1940's to buy the lodge property. It was also suggested that Faculty and staff be able to contribute pretax (similar to health care accounts or 529s) a wonderful idea.

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Jul-29-13 11:53 AM

@Fed Up Taxpayer. I wish you were at the talk to here about why you don't want to use herbicides. A certain percentage of the trees have a natural resistance to the beech scale and the use of herbicides would kill both healthy and unhealthy trees. Its better and cheaper to let nature and natural selection run its coarse and let the healthy ones survive and propagate.

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Jul-27-13 4:28 PM

While Im 100% in favor of leaving this property as a nature preserve, its also a fact that selective removal of old groth forest is a good thing and will let the remaining nature thrive. This however needs to be done carefully in not in the typical "tear through the forest" fashion with inconsiderate forestry crews running chain saws and skidders with reckless abandon.

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Jul-26-13 2:51 PM

Maybe since the students are forced to pay for this via manditory FSA fees they should be the deciding factor so why not put it to a vote by the students?

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Jul-26-13 8:49 AM

Don't delay the herbicide issue to long. While it sounds bad, it's used to stop the spread of beech scale. Otherwise, almost all the beech trees could be wiped out, left to die on the stump. Same thing happened to the Leolyn Woods in Lily Dale but nothing was ever done. Some of the finest Beech in Chautauqua County were lost.

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Jul-26-13 7:40 AM

Excellent conversations...History of the lodge..Generating many ideas from brainstorming one community who cares.

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