Save The McClellan Old Growth Forest
Seton Hall Prepatory School is asking the West
Orange, NJ Zoning Board to approve six (6) variances so that they may begin
Phase 2 of their "Kelly Athletic Fields" expansion. The construction
of these sports fields translates into the destruction of over 1,000 trees that
make up the McClellan Old Growth Forest, located on Prospect Avenue in West
Orange. This 17-acres of inhabited, forested land are a part of what was
originally a 44-acre Old Growth Forest, and includes trees with ages in excess
of 200-years, and animals including the Great Horned Owl, Red Tailed Hawk, Bald
Eagle, and Red Fox. It is a part of the Watchung Ridge, which connects
Eagle Rock Reservation and South Mountain Reservation.
SHP deceitfully cleared 20-acres of this forest in 1999 to develop
Phase 1 of their athletic fields, and should the proposed additional clearing
be approved, only 5-acres of this historic old growth forest will remain.
(Amidst asphalt and sports fields.)
By signing this petition, you are supporting SHP
Alumni and students, SHP neighbors, local residents, county residents, NJ
residents, and any citizen who opposes the destruction of this beautiful natural resource, for the
sole purpose of providing numerous additional sports fields, up to 700
parking spaces, permanent metal bleachers, a concession stand, 50 foot poles
supporting 50 foot high netting, additional safety concerns for students
walking along a county road, and limitless pollution, from idling buses and
cars, to noise and litter, for a school which has other options. Thank you for
your support. Together we can protect the last remaining, unprotected Old
Growth Forest in the Metropolitan Region.
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