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Southwick Officials Meet to Discuss Illegal Off-Road Vehicles in Wildlife Area

southwick presentationSOUTHWICK, Mass. (WGGB)- Local Southwick officials met in the town hall Wednesday to discuss with the community the issue of illegal off-road vehicle riding in the Southwick wildlife area.

In 2008, about 254 acres in Southwick and 196 acres in Suffield were bought for more than four million dollars by the Conservation Fund for the preservation of bird breeding habitats. Now, the property which is run by the state division of Fisheries and Wildlife, has become a popular spot for off-road vehicles. They said this illegal activity has disrupted the bird breeding habitats.

Prevention efforts on the land have been added such as signs warning of cameras and the consequences of participating in the illegal activities on the property and putting trees down as roadblocks. However these efforts have seemed ineffective as the off-road vehicle riding has continued.

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