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Becket conservation panel probes Buckley Lake plan for treatment

BECKET — Carl Rosenstein’s interest in frogs started when he was 7 years old, across the Hudson River in Catskill, New York.

He’d spend his time catching small frogs, trying to see how many he could hold in his two hands at once. If it were up to him, he recalls, he’d be a Guinness World Record holder.

His interest only grew when he moved to the Berkshires in 1978, next to the Buckley Dunton Lake here, where he recalls there being an abundance of wildlife.

But over time, Rosenstein says, the frog population at the lake has dwindled down to virtually zero.

The Becket resident points to the applications of herbicide into the lake in 2014 — which he says was done without the full notification of abutters — and unprecedented algae bloom as the causes for the overall decline in wildlife.

“There were always frogs in that cove,” said Rosenstein. “There are no frogs left.”

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