Fight is on to save Rogers Center

SHERBURNE – While state officials continue to work out the details involving the closure of the Rogers Environmental Education Center in Sherburne, area politicians and residents have begun asking their own questions.

Department of Environmental Conservation and Division of Land and Forest representatives contacted Monday morning said it is not known if the Rogers park and trails will remain open to the public following the scheduled Dec. 31 closure of the education center.

All comments regarding the center’s future operation were deferred to the New York State Division of the Budget in Albany. Calls to DEC officials in Albany Monday also deferred information about any 2011 services to the budget office.

Rogers Director Marsha Guzewich said she had no information on the future of access to the park land, saying a decision had not yet been made.

Guzewich is one of five full-time employees whose positions are being eliminated by the end of the year. Guzewich confirmed the center, which has been operating wildlife and nature educational programs since 1968, will close by Dec. 31 and that all programming beyond that date has been cancelled.

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