Friday, October 20, 2006
Shorts from the Conservation Commission, October 12
· Restorative Justice case. Carlisle Police Chief John Sullivan and Barbara Howland, Coordinator of the Carlisle Restorative Justice Circles visited the Conservation Commission's October 12 meeting to enlist their participation in resolution of a recent incident at the Cranberry Bog that involved nine youths from Concord and two from Carlisle. On September 15, the Carlisle Police cited the young people as "minors in possession of alcohol" and for trespassing [and littering] on posted territory after closing hours.
The Restorative Justice process complements the judicial system by giving victims of lesser violations an opportunity to confront those who have harmed them, while holding the minor offenders accountable for their illegal actions and encouraging them to make amends. In the Cranberry Bog case, members of the commission will meet with the youths and their families in a confidential Executive Session to explain why they, as representatives of the townspeople, are aggrieved and to stress the "obligation of stewardship of community resources." Following the interaction, Circle members will supervise implementation of the resulting agreement.
· Invasive species volunteers sought. Conservation Administrator Sylvia Willard announced that Great Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary Manager Libby Herland is anxious to organize a Rapid Response Team to deal with invasive species in the Sudbury/Assabet/Concord (SUASCO) river basin. Willard is seeking volunteers to help locate invasive species and identify threatened or sensitive areas. Commissioners John Lee, Peter Burn and Tricia Smith wanted more information, because they feared that the organization may be tempted to "generalize." They pointed out that some identified species are not invasive in all locations, while others may actually be beneficial to butterflies and other "desirable" insects. More information will be forthcoming.
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