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Supervisors decide against Beaverdam timbering

The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors opted not to allow for timbering of approximately 20 acres of Beaverdam Park land during a work session held on Tuesday night in the colonial courthouse.

Last July, Robert Rilee approached board member Michael Winebarger offering to timber the 20 acres of Beaverdam Park. The project would have netted approximately $23,000 for the county.

The 20-acre parcel is in a section of the park not accessible by land, except through Rilee’s property. Instead of being part of a path or picnic area, the trees serve as a buffer zone between Rilee’s land and the reservoir.

The property also provides natural habitat for the flora and fauna of the area. Katey Legg, Director of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, led the presentation of the project to supervisors. Legg said she went out with a contractor to get an estimate of the land that had not been timbered since the early 1970s. She also stated that the Department of Forestry recommended that the...

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