Friday, May 22, 1998

Generally, Tall Pines is in compliance

ConsCom hears

deer control program

by Seba Gaines

The Tall Pines subdivision received a generally favorable assessment from the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) late last month. That was the gist of a summary given May 14 by conservation administrator Katrina Proctor and commission members Jo Rita Jordan and Christine Bopardikar, who had accompanied DEP inspector Rachel Freed on her site visit.

In order for developer William Costello to receive a final certificate of compliance with DEP requirements, Freed indicated a few conditions that have yet to be met. A number of slopes along roadways and surrounding detention basins need to be vegetated by the fall and siltation barriers and hay bales removed to allow for natural movement of wildlife.

Freed noted that one habitat replacement area had not yet been constructed, but Proctor said the developer has already remedied the omission. Further, the inspection group spotted one problem existing outside their wetland protection jurisdiction, but asked that it be corrected. It involved a detention basin at the end of Barnes Road that is displaying undesirable seepage. Otherwise, the subdivision construction received a clean bill of health.

Deer management

The Suburban Whitetail Association, a bow hunters' organization, described a program of deer management that they hope will be adopted by area towns that are experiencing an explosion in the deer population. According to spokesman Bryan Carpenter, the state Department of Fisheries and Wildlife has encouraged the undertaking.

The bowmen proposed that their members be allowed to track the animals prior to hunting season to become familiar with their habits. Once the season is underway, they would establish agreed-upon tree stands on both public and private property and await shooting opportunities. They stressed that there would be no stalking at that juncture.

Commission members made it clear that Carlisle would make no decision until the program is further along. They would want other towns to be involved and would seek public input before agreeing to participate.

Greenough

Proctor reported that the Carlisle Department of Public Works has agreed to help with repairs to the dam on the Greenough conservation property off Maple Street. Superintendent Gary Davis will dispatch a crew to clear trees along the edge to prevent root damage to the structure and to spread additional gravel along the driveway.

The board studied an application for home construction on Lot 16, Kimball Road in the Tall Pines subdivision. The applicant was asked to reconsider the location of the house to get it outside the 100-foot wetland buffer zone. The hearing was continued to May 28.

[Ed note: this story is based on notes taken by administrator Katrina Proctor.]