Woods near cemetery should be preserved

I am 19 years old and have been a resident of Altoona all of my life.

I live near Calvary Cemetery and run for exercise through there nearly every day. I have walked and run there countless times throughout my life, as have each member of my family, and I know many other people do as well, visiting graves of loved ones and enjoying the peaceful tranquility of the well-kept graveyard.

There is a patch of woods that lies between the cemetery and I-99. I read a story in the Mirror on July 15 about Logan Township helping to free up 52-acres of woods for Calvary Cemetery to sell.

The cemetery is planning to sell the wooded area for commercial use. I think it would be a great shame to lose the woods there. It is really nice having a patch of wild area to separate the cemetery from the noisy, busy road.

It seems to be what always happens, people tearing down trees and disrupting wildlife — cutting down the plants and trees and forcing the small animals that live among them out of that safe refuge to find another place to live if they can.

And to do it for a monetary purpose, without regard for natural consequences, is worse.

I hope that cemetery officials change their minds about selling this land, so the woods can be preserved, and the plants and animals living in them can keep their home.

Molly Kibler



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