The importance of Ladd Marsh

By Observer Upload December 02, 2009 01:47 pm
Editor’s note: Leslie Graham’s fourth-grade class at Central School visits Ladd Marsh several times a year to learn about wetlands. Students were shocked when they read about recent vandalism at Ladd Marsh, Graham said. They decided to write letters to the editor to let everyone know their view about the vandalism. Four of the letters appear below.

Dear Editor:

When I heard what people were doing to Ladd Marsh, it made me so mad and sad. I could have cried.

Ladd Marsh provides so many homes. It helps stop flooding. It provides plant life that gives us oxygen.

Lots of people visit Ladd Marsh to go hiking so they can see some animals or plants. Some classes go to Ladd Marsh to learn about wetlands. Sometimes people go hunting there.

If too many garter snakes get killed, then the food web will get messed up and some species will have to die. It may end up that lots of species will have to die.

This still makes me feel sad. It wouldn’t be fun to go there with security cameras watching you everywhere you go. It also wouldn’t be fun if they had to close Ladd Marsh so visitors wouldn’t be able to visit it anymore.

— Jocelyn Hurd

Dear Editor,

I am very disappointed about the vandalism and killings at Ladd Marsh. The turtles and snakes didn’t deserve to die.

Ladd Marsh provides nurseries and habitats for animals. Schools go there for field trips. It has beautiful scenery. People can see animals and interesting birds that you can’t see other places. It is also a place for migrating birds.

Ladd Marsh does a lot of things for the community, too. It provides duck hunting for people. Also hiking and bird watching. It helps classes learn about wetlands. My class learned about them.

Killing turtles and snakes kills other animals as well. More animals can become extinct.

I hope whoever is doing this will stop. All animals are important.

— Abbey Tweten

Dear Editor,

I feel really mad that people would do bad things to Ladd Marsh. It’s not fair for the people that want to enjoy the environment, such as my class and me.

Ladd Marsh provides a lot of stuff for our world. It helps us not have floods because when the soil becomes saturated, there’s always another place for the water to go, so we don’t have floods.

It also provides a home for animals, such as the red-winged blackbird. Ladd Marsh also has a lot of plants so we can breathe.

Ladd Marsh does a lot for our community, too, such as hunting or hiking or a place for schools to have field trips and looking at the birds. Ladd Marsh has a big role in our community.

This year in school, we learned about the food chain. Garter snakes, as they are secondary consumers, are crucial to the food chain. So killing 30 of them is completely stupid!

What people are doing to Ladd Marsh makes me enraged. I wish the people who are doing this would stop. My classmates and I want to go there to learn about habitats.

— Michael Ebel

Dear Editor,

I feel that Ladd Marsh is important to the environment. I know that vandalism is being committed there, and I think it should be stopped.

Ladd Marsh is used by migrating birds as a sanctuary, so it shouldn’t be damaged. It acts like a sponge, soaking up water and keeping the valley from being flooded. The marsh contains plants, and the plants filter the air so the air has enough oxygen for us to breathe.

Ladd Marsh is also used by the community for sports, such as hiking and bird watching. Many classes use it for field trips, and it is a good source of education of wetlands.

I read that about 30 garter snakes were chopped up and left to die there. A painted turtle was shot with an arrow and also left to die. Painted turtles are a protected species. Garter snakes are an important part of the food chain, and 30 dying all at once could really damage the food chain. Animals that they eat could become overpopulated. Animals that eat them could become underpopulated.

I really do think that the vandalism should be stopped. Garter snakes shouldn’t be harmed. They aren’t venomous, so they pose no threat against humans.

— Dan Felley