View from battlefield uncertain for now

View from battlefield uncertain for now

There are 14 comments on the Evening Sun story from Mar 4, 2010, titled View from battlefield uncertain for now. In it, Evening Sun reports that:

A worker from Pennington Tree Experts, of Orrtanna, clears trees from the Gettysburg National Military Park south of the West End Guide Station along Route 30 on Friday.

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Indianapolis, IN

#1 Mar 5, 2010
"A spokesperson from the CWPT did not return calls seeking comment for this story."

Funny how they had no problem finding them to comment on the proposed casino possibly going into an already existing resort OUTSIDE the boundaries of GNMP.

The CWPT is going to be eating a lot of crow on this one.
Laughing Hyena

Denver, PA

#2 Mar 5, 2010
' So will there be trees blocking the view from the battlefield of whatever might come to the country club property?

The answer is yes and no, according to Park Service officials.

"I think it's a little early to say," said park spokeswoman Katie Lawhon.'

A little too early to say?? Are you kidding me? This is part of the General Management Plan of 1999, ELEVEN YEARS AGO, and this all was allegedly a subject of great study and professional scrutiny for years before that. Or was the top decider busy with other things on his computer at the time?
This is ridiculous. Time to come clean, NPS.

Newville, PA

#3 Mar 5, 2010
When have you ever known the GNMP to ever come clean about anything. They always try to hide things and that's why alot of people find it hard to feel sorry for or pity them. Sometimes in life you get back what you dish out.

Tuckahoe, NY

#4 Mar 5, 2010
Lovejoy,If the CWPT came out with a comment such as,"we intend to purchase/save this property"the asking price from the new owner would go sky high.They have been doing this for a while,so maybe they do have a plan they are working on.Com ing out with a comment that they oppose the casino so "quickly"has nothing to do with this issue,so don't be so quick to condemn what you don't know about.

Mardela Springs, MD

#5 Mar 5, 2010
I really thought the new superintendent at Gettysburg national park would put a halt to the tree clearing, I guess his sweet comforting smile I saw in the newspaper was short lived! Please stop this madness of destroying perfectly good trees.

Troy, IL

#6 Mar 5, 2010
Agreed, Pete. I have a difficult time coming down on CWPT about anything, given the work it's done in the past. I am disappointed the land west of Willoughby Run wasn't purchased by the GNMP or CWPT. It would be a huge boost for Day 1 interpretation. Maybe something will still happen along those lines.
the Duke of Fort Monroe

Norfolk, VA

#7 Mar 5, 2010
How about more of us urging our U.S. legislators to support the idea of Fort Monroe being converted from an army base to a national historic park!?

Since: Aug 08

Location hidden

#8 Mar 5, 2010
Would park visitors rather look at non-historic trees or Marty Hill's housing development?

Denver, PA

#9 Mar 5, 2010
"The country club property is not adjacent to the battlefield, but is in the First Day's Field area, which is the area of the battlefield to the northwest of the town, Lawhon said."

I just got out my shiny new map of the battlefield that I picked up at the John Latschar Memorial Visitor's Center the other week and looked at the area in question. The Park map clearly shows the west bank of Willoughby Run as well as the east bank as GNMP property. The GNMP property clearly extends to within a few yards of the entrance driveway of the Country Club. There is no room for anything else between the two, and if anyone drives out that way and looks at the south side of the road, this situation will be obvious immediately. Yes, the Country Club property and the GNMP are directly adjacent and have a common boundary. What's the deal? Can't anyone there tell the truth about the simplest things, even items like this that anyone can cross-check on a GNMP map? This is ridiculous.

Gettysburg, PA

#10 Mar 5, 2010
To Pete and David:

Thank you for your comments,it is good to hear voices of reason on this subject.


Gettysburg, PA

#11 Mar 5, 2010
Judy wrote:
I really thought the new superintendent at Gettysburg national park would put a halt to the tree clearing, I guess his sweet comforting smile I saw in the newspaper was short lived! Please stop this madness of destroying perfectly good trees.
Why in heaven's name would you think that the new Superintendent would stop the rehabilitation program? It is, after all, NPS policy, and has been for more than a decade.

The battlefield is not an arboretum, a wildlife sanctuary, or a recreational park maintained for local people to enjoy bird watching and shady walks. It's hallowed ground, the most important battlefield in the Civil War, perhaps in the nation's history. Visitors don't come here to look at trees, they come here to understand the history of the battle. I will be so glad when the tree cutting (and orchard and fence restoration) is completed, so that all the local whiners can find something else to bitch about. When the project is complete, the battlefield will be far, far better off from a historical interpretation standpoint than it has ever been.

Removing the non-historic woodlots from the battlefield is the right thing to do from a historical standpoint. And history is what the battlefield is all about, NOT TREE PRESERVATION.

Gettysburg, PA

#12 Mar 5, 2010
My comment above for some reason is tagged "Philadelphia."
In fact, I'm a full-time Gettysburg resident, and have been for seven years.

Denver, PA

#13 Mar 6, 2010
Uh, the Park IS a wildlife sanctuary. That's why the NPS makes a big deal of re-introducing a vanished species of butterfly as well as counting species and maintaining habitats (for example, avoiding cutting trees in summer when the sudden loss of shade and great temperature fluctuations could prove catastrophic to wildlife populations in streams). It's part of their mission. The same goes for protecting trees and attempting to prevent the introduction of invasive, non-native plant species.

Denver, PA

#14 Mar 8, 2010
Historicus, will you be upset when the NPS chainsaws and axes reach the Copse of Trees? It wasn't that tall in 1863 and will have to be restored to its original smaller dimensions.

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