Deadline for public opinion on demolishing horse stable in Hadley extended

Hampshire County

It’s a controversial topic that has many people wondering what will happen to the barn swallows in Hadley.

The comment period for the environmental assessment of the Bri-Mar Stables on Moody Bridge Road has been extended 21 days. The new date to send in comments is May 10, the previous deadline was this Friday. 

The proposed plan by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service—known as Alternative A—is to close the building and demolish it. It’s being removed because it is deteriorating and is not needed for refuge or regional operations.

But members of Save Our Swallows have argued that the building should be preserved as one of the largest nesting sites in Massachusetts.

In New England, barn swallow populations have declined by nearly 50 percent since the late 1900s.

Copies of the assessment are available at the Goodwin Memorial Library on Middle Street in Hadley or on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website.

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