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Trash dumping, vandalism among concerns raised about Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary

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Dirt bikes illegally driving through, vandalism, trash dumped - all problems people living in Northampton and Easthampton are hoping to stop at the Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary.

Considered a gem in Western Massachusetts, people who live around here are now calling for more protections for the pristine 700 acres making up Arcadia.

"We want to preserve it and we want to prevent things like vandalism, trash dumping, and just uses of the meadow section of Arcadia in particular that are not good for the sanctuary," said Ryan O’Donnell, vice president of the Northampton City Council.

People who live nearby with concerns gathered Tuesday night in the hopes of finding a solution.

"Trash dumping for example is a problem in the meadows in Northampton and it's something you need to react quickly to otherwise you send the message that it's ok," O’Donnell said.

The ideas, problems and questions gathered Tuesday night will be sent straight to law enforcement as well as those at the Conway school, a program that works with communities like those looking to help conserve Arcadia and solve some complaints.

"We're just trying to gather information from the community, learn more about their relationship to Arcadia before we start to make any recommendations for what Arcadia should do to address some of the issues they're facing," said Max ehrman-shapiro of the Conway school.

Those at the meeting say it's everyone's responsibility to protect the land.

"At the end of the day this is something that belongs to all of us, everyone has a right to use it and so we all have a stake in protecting it," O’Donnell said.

From here all those of ideas and concerns will be studied.

A month from now this group will meet again in the hopes of working toward solutions. 

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