Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

November 09, 2003

Humans, beavers can coexist in park

The Humane Society of the United States applauds Carroll County Department of Recreation and Park's decision, following public outcry, to abandon its plan to kill beavers in Piney Run Park during this trapping season. ("Park's beavers given reprieve," Nov. 2). Many citizens of Carroll County and nearby communities join us in strongly urging the park not to kill beavers in the future.

There are non-lethal alternatives to allow people and beavers to co-exist while the park benefits from their presence. Wire cages or a special abrasive paint mixed from readily available exterior paint and mason sand can protect individual trees. Commercial tree protection sleeves will deter beaver from cutting individual young trees. One fence can protect a valuable stand of trees.

Protecting trees is not difficult but does take time. Volunteers may be able to help. This activity could make an excellent Eagle Scout or Gold Award project for a local Boy or Girl Scout or a project for youths or adults from another service organization.

Existing educational programs in the park could weave in beavers and tree protection, giving students hands-on learning opportunities.

The HSUS recommends Piney Run Park permanently adopt non-lethal approaches to resolve conflicts with beavers. The organization's Wild Neighbors program offers information on humane ways to live with beavers and other wildlife. We urge your readers to contact us or visit www.wildneighbors.org for more information.

Maggie Brasted

Gaithersburg

The writer is assistant director of the Wild Neighbors Program.

Two local roadways at top of fix-it list

Hopefully, Carroll County commuters were not overly disheartened after reading The Sun's account of a meeting that I attended last week with the rest of their elected representatives ("Legislators seek to revive bypass plan," Oct. 28). The story should have emphasized the new attention that two of Carroll County's worst highways will get from the Ehrlich Administration.

I am happy to report that there is new hope for relief on Routes 32 and 26, even though the state is in the midst of a severe budget crisis.

We cleared a major hurdle last week as commissioners and state legislators in our county decided Routes 32 and 26 should be at the head of the line when state transportation dollars are handed out over the next five years.

Proposals for widening 32 and improving 26 now will be submitted to state Transportation Secretary Robert L. Flanagan for his consideration. I encourage all your readers to attend Secretary Flanagan's "Road Show" at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 12 in the basement hearing room of the Carroll County Office Building, where he will preview his proposed Consolidated Transportation Program. At that time, we will present him with our county's wish list. I want to congratulate the county commissioners and their highly skilled staff on advancing these sorely needed projects.

Will they bring improved safety? Yes. Reasonable commutes? Yes. But one intangible benefit to be felt for years to come is economic development.

Better roads entice businesses to consider South Carroll as a viable location. And this is an issue near and dear to our hearts.

In a related effort, I am working with Senator Kittleman, Secretary Flanagan and county officials toward immediate safety improvements on Route 32.

As you probably read in the newspaper recently, an Annapolis police officer was killed in September on 32 as he rode his motorcycle to work from his Sykesville home. Just days later, a truck hit a carload of kids near the same location.

We need to take care of the dangerous ingress and egress problems on 32 before another driver pulls out in front of oncoming traffic.

Sacrificing any more of our time in traffic jams is unacceptable.

Sacrificing the lives of our neighbors and children is too much to ask.

Del. Susan W. Krebs

Eldersburg

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