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Opinion Letters Club votes to oppose wilderness proposal

To: Brian McClellan, Chairman of Board of Commissioners:

We wish to respond to the 3,200-acre “Wilderness Area” proposal that possibly will be presented for deliberation to the Macon County Board of Commissioners.

On Jan. 27, the 15 directors of the Macon County Coon Hunters Association voted to strongly oppose this proposal.

We are a nonprofit AKC and UKC affiliated club with more than 500 members, of which 5 percent are from out of state, 15 percent from Jackson and Swain counties and 80 percent are lifelong residents of Macon County. The club was established and chartered in 1975. The club facilities include a clubhouse situated on approximately 9.5 acres located at 3056 Wide Horizon Drive, Franklin.

We believe in and promote Christian values, the right to bear arms, and hunting rights. We actively serve the community in various ways including free use of our facilities for: Meetings for veterans; church benefits, yard sales, homecomings, cookouts and youth events; concealed weapons classes conducted by the Sheriff’s Department; and Clarks Chapel Fire Department annual fun day for handicapped children.

Many of our members volunteer and work at the Macon County Fair and help the sick and elderly by doing chores that they are no longer able to do and volunteering to work at family benefits. We also participate in the Shriners Children’s Hospital’s annual fundraising effort.

We thank you for your great sacrifice to serve the people of Macon County. We believe that this is a wonderful place to live and to rear our children.

We believe that the North Carolina Wildlife and Forest Service can adequately manage this area. We ask you to help us keep this area for use by the majority of Macon County folks, their children and grandchildren without additional government regulations.

David Cabe, Macon County Coon Hunters Association


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