Friday, September 14, 2007
Update on land stewardship projects
The Land Stewardship Committee (LSC) reported on one completed project and sought advice from its parent organization, the Carlisle Conservation Commission (ConsCom), during the latter's September 6 meeting.
Following up on a Town Meeting authorization to use $11,715 from the Community Preservation Fund for the purchase and replacement of signage on 30 town-owned properties under ConsCom's jurisdiction, LSC Chairman Warren Lyman and member Debbie Geltner presented a proposal for new and/or replacement signs on seven of the most significant parcels, namely: Cranberry Bog, Davis Corridor, Foss Farm, Fox Hill, Greenough Land, Towle Land and Town Forest. Side by side, on 11 pages of photographs, the presenters displayed the existing markers and listed their recommendations for new or replacement items, as well as changes in the wording. Primary roadside signs will all be of wood, while secondary trail markers may be of wood or metal.
The stewards were relieved to hear that there is no need to continue mentioning state or federal entities unless partial funding for the original purchase came from those sources. There was some discussion of the actual meaning of the injunction to dog walkers to, "Keep dogs under control," but Commissioner Tom Schultz's translation, "If your dog comes when called, it can run free; if it doesn't, it should be kept on a leash," was generally accepted. Final signage designs have yet to be determined, but the committee aims to have them ordered this fall. With the potential costs then known, they will proceed with plans for the remaining 23 parcels.
Lyman concluded with the news that the planned cleanout of the Cranberry Bog House has been successfully carried out. Kudos went to LSC members Lynn Knight, Tim Fohl and Geltner plus an employee of Cranberry Bog lease-holder Mark Duffy. The Department of Public Works also assisted, as two truckloads of outdated equipment, worthless metal and wooden leftovers, and decades of accumulated trash were removed.
To add a word of explanation, the bottom two floors of the historic building are part of Duffy's 20-year agricultural lease of the property and house his farm equipment. Through an administrative fluke, the third floor apartment, generally used to house bog employees, is under a separate three-year lease to Duffy, and the presently unused fourth floor has not been inhabited in years. The LSC recently completed an "Assessment of the Cranberry Bog House," which contains recommendations for its future management, while ConsCom is seeking a way to include the living spaces in the overall bog lease.
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