Resting Souls vs. Pheasant Hunting Preserve

Can nearby shotgun blasts "desecrate" a graveyard?

From this story in the Willamete Valley (OR) Statesman-Journal:
A hunting preserve proposed for a country property near Stayton has a growing number of neighbors concerned about noise disrupting their quality of life. But Gary Bochsler, who is pursuing the project, envisioned the perfect habitat to hunt pheasant when he purchased the property. He hopes the preserve will draw hunters from out of the area to shop and stay in Stayton at a time when the economy is down. Bochsler needs a conditional use permit from the Linn County Planning Commission for a hunting preserve. Hunting preserves are allowed in exclusive farm-use zones as long as property owners can show that a preserve would be compatible with existing uses, said Linn County senior planner Deborah Pinkerton.

A public hearing is set for 7 p.m., June 8 at the Old Armory Building, George Miller Room B, at the corner of Fourth and Lyons streets, Albany. Neighbor Gary Noble, who lives on Queener Drive, is pulling for a full house at the meeting to speak in opposition. Noble is especially concerned about the effect of shotgun noise around the historic Wisner Cemetery, which is in one corner of the proposed preserve. "One of my sons loves to roam in the cemetery. It affords him peace, quiet and solitude," Noble said. "Peace, quiet and solitude is what we must maintain." Noble has made it his mission to find the descendants of the people buried in the cemetery to speak out at the hearing. "There's approximately 312 souls in the cemetery," Noble said. "This is a plea to the survivors of these people to come to the planning commission meeting so these graves are not desecrated by the blast of shotguns around the cemetery."

My guess would be the people currently occupying the cemetery aren't going to mind, and even if they do they'll probably keep it to themselves. -Chad Love