The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, September 28, 2001


Buttrick Woods conservation restriction proposal to be reviewed

On Wednesday, October 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall, the Carlisle Conservation Restriction Advisory Committee will consider a proposal to recommend to the Town that a Conservation Restriction be placed on the Buttrick Woods Open Space Parcel. The public is invited to attend.

The Conservation Restriction or "CR" is a means sanctioned by state law to limit the use of land in order to protect specified conservation values, including the natural, scenic or open condition of the land. A CR typically limits or forbids activities such as construction (buildings, towers, etc.); dumping of soil, brush or other unsightly materials; removal or destruction of trees and vegetation, except under an approved plan; excavation; and other activities detrimental to land preservation. The CR may permit activities, such as passive recreational use, that provide public benefit without endangering the land.

Since 1973, forty parcels of land, covering nearly 450 acres in Carlisle have been protected by CRs placed on them in perpetuity. The mission of the CR Advisory Committee is to advise the board of selectmen on CR proposals, to monitor CRs granted to the Town, and to educate the public.

The Buttrick Woods Open Space Parcel was deeded to the Conservation Commission as a condition of the Special Conservation Cluster Permit granted for the development. The committee will consider whether the parcel should have the extra protection afforded by a CR. The parcel is an important link between Estabrook Woods to the east and the conservation corridor that extends from Bisbee Field to the Spencer Brook Reservation, and then west and north to other lands currently or soon to be protected along West Street.

2001 The Carlisle Mosquito