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"I’m very much opposed to it. I hike in this precious resource a couple of times a week and I do not want to see it ruined." -Essex County resident
"I've lived in West Orange for seventeen years, and commute daily to Livingston for work. Never has traffic been as bad as it has been since all the construction to IMPROVE traffic began! Cherry Lane is a mess. Northfield is a mess, The intersection at Pleasant Valley Way and Northfield is incredibly dangerous. Wrong township, wrong project." -West Orange resident
"Talk to any educator who works with children: teaching does not take place in groups of 500. The county is trying to build an animal entertainment stage, not a conservation education Pavillion." -Livingston resident
"Very much against squandering of tax dollars to replace forest with stuff no one needs." -South Orange resident
"Enough already." -Verona resident
"You can tell a lot about our values by what we spend our money on. Spending it on a zoo expansion that does not make the lives of our zoo creatures better while simultaneously ignoring our lead pipe problem, our detention center issues, and the loss of native NJ habitat is not okay. We are better than this." -Montclair resident
"It’s a terrible idea on so many levels. And the process is so undemocratic." -South Orange resident
"The zoo and changes in West Orange are great. BUT, enough! Traffic has become unbearable, the benefits to the town of West Orange are rather limited since this is a county endeavor." -Essex County resident
"Not only is it wrong to remove the forest, but we do not need to replace real natural experiences with performances by animals in forced captivity! This is not teaching children the right things about our role in relationship to the natural world. It's not here for our entertainment." -Montclair resident