Community concerned over logging in Raleigh

by: Shelby Sansone Updated:

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The land where Raleigh Springs Inn once stood is being logged, and people in the area are concerned.

Eddie Latham came to the site twice to see the work going on, but they were not working on Thursday.

“It would be great to stop it, but I mean sometimes money takes over and you can’t stop it,” he said.

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The land has springs on it that go into the aquifer. Though they are not in use, people worry pollution could get into them. Also, it’s close to the Wolf River.

“It has to do with the no retention ponds, stripping of the grounds, creating erosion,” Latham said.

A Facebook group was created on Wednesday about the land. Members said the logging could be breaking laws. FOX13 contacted the state, and a spokesperson for the Department of Agriculture said they will go out to survey it on Friday.

FOX13 could not get in touch with the owner, who neighbors of the site said is Joseph Sy. FOX13 called three different numbers, but they were all disconnected.

“Totally destroying a very historically significant area,” Latham said.