The Town of Kent Story©
How a small town is standing up to Goliath
“Our public lands were entrusted
for preservation and recreation, not for some crazy,
dangerous State government logging scheme. Everyone
in the Town of Kent was shocked when we heard the
news. The New York State Department of Environmental
Conservation, New York City Department of
Environmental Protection and the US Army Corps of
Engineers plan to come in here with chainsaws,
bulldozers, logging trucks, heavy equipment,
herbicides and fire to level over 400 acres right on
top of MT Nimham. They blindsided us! These agencies
are supposed to come to the town first but it’s
obvious they wanted to try to sneak this one by us.
There’s something really wrong here!
Mt Nimham hosts hundreds of private homes and is
next to the West Branch reservoir. A reservoir that
provides drinking water for millions of Putnam
County and New York City residents. There’ll be
arsenic leaching and run-off into our water supply.
There’ll be destruction of our roads. The effects on
our environment and our economy will be devastating!
And what is the State’s response? We’re going to do
it anyway! We’re fighting back. We’re speaking out.
The town board even passed a unanimous resolution
against this. Our whole community is unified. Now
were coming forward on Scams-n-Scandals™”
Nobody knew exactly what the State Government was
secretly planning to do until word accidentally
leaked out. New York State Department of
Environmental Conservation was bring in a massive,
dangerous logging project on Mt. Nimham. Over 415
acres would be gone forever. Homes around the
mountain and a crucial reservoir which provides
drinking water for millions of Putnam County and NYC
residents would be in great danger. In spite of a
unanimous Town Board Resolution, the complete
support from the community and NY State Legislators
to stop the NYSDEC from logging, The State agency
says it doesn’t matter what anybody wants. We’re the
boss and we’ll do what we want to do.
Can Kent successfully stand up to Goliath and win.
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