Sunday, January 20, 2008

Indiantown Gap vs. Stony Valley

The Harrisburg, PA Patriot News of 20 January 2008 has an article by Al Winn titled "Study minimizes effect of shells on game lands" that describes the current state of wisdom surrounding the Stony Valley and its behemoth neighbor the Fort Indiantown Gap military post.

Of course one person's 'minimize' could be another person's "Duck!!". The article says that
"The study found that 779 shells a year would likely ricochet into a 900-acre area of the game lands along the border of Dauphin and Lebanon counties."
"The designated buffer zone does not include Stony Creek, the Schuylkill and Susquehanna rail trail or the Appalachian Trail."
but you never know. Once those artillery shells start ricocheting around, I don't think there's any way to be absolutely sure where they'll end up.
"The assessment said the shells would have little impact on the area where they land, beyond killing an occasional tree or animal."
Or maybe someone who wanders a little off the Trail for a stealth campsite? Let's hope not.

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