Editor:

I am an active Life Scout from Boy Scout Troop 575, Woodstock, and I am striving toward the Eagle Scout rank. One of the Eagle Scouts’ required merit badges is communications. It requires a bit of writing and a little public speaking. With this in mind, I am sending this letter to you about a topic I hold near to my heart that hopefully will also benefit my community, state and possibly nation. Land conservation is a topic on which I am passionate.

I would like to encourage your readers to consider utilizing the land and buildings we have in our community. I believe when a building is created it should have a good purpose. It should continue to be maintained and not allowed to sit and decay. Granted, money is involved in order to maintain or dismantle an old building. However, I believe existing space should be utilized whenever possible rather than splitting up farm lands and natural environments.

Should we continue to use up excess amounts of land, we will destroy more natural homes and habitats as well as animal and plant life. The results may also affect our water sources and lead to increased pollution and land erosion, which is unpleasant in general.

I have written several letters on this matter to our state and national representatives encouraging them to consider our environment when voting on and/or supporting legislation that will impact land conservation. I strongly feel this will benefit so many lives and help us maintain the natural beauty that is a gift in which we are entrusted to be good stewards. This is one small way in which we can keep America beautiful. I encourage all readers to support land conservation.

Zachary L. Mason, Woodstock

Editor: I am an active Life Scout from Boy Scout Troop 575, Woodstock, and I am currently striving toward the Eagle Scout rank. One of the Eagle Scouts’ required merit badges is Communications. It requires a bit of writing and a little public speaking. With this in mind, I am sending this letter to you about a topic I hold near to my heart that hopefully will also benefit my community, state and possibly nation. Land conservation is a topic on which I am passionate.