Friday, April 4, 2008
Shorts from the Conservation Commission, March 27
• Eagle Scout project. On March 27, Boy Scout Jeff Pederson received the Conservation Commission’s approval to do his Eagle Scout project at the Towle Land. He will improve a rudimentary trail from the field to the cow tunnel under Westford Street. Work will include removing brush along the trail and around the entrance to the tunnel. As Pederson said, the stone tunnel built in 1912 is a cherished town landmark and a popular destination for visitors. The project has the support of the Trails Committee and the commission’s Land Stewardship Committee. It is scheduled to be completed by mid-April.
• Events. The commission also approved two wildlife education events at Foss Farm. Tom Brownrigg will lead a Woodcock Walk on Saturday April 12 from 7:30 p.m. until dark (rain date April 13). A Turtle Program, sponsored by the Land Stewardship Committee and led by naturalists from MassAudubon, will be held on Sunday, June 1, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
• 779 West Street. Conservation Administrator Sylvia Willard reported that there has been unpermitted clearing and alteration in wetlands and the buffer zone at the residence of Gregory Bruell. She had visited the site with the owner’s representative, contractor John Durkin of Onyx Inc. Neighbor Jic Davis, who was present at the commission meeting, indicated that equipment on the site is for gardening. The commission issued an Enforcement Order to stop work. At Willard’s request, Durkin is arranging for an expert to delineate the wetlands boundary.
• 345 Russell Street. Willard indicated that homeowner Gabrielle Dockterman, under a current permit for an addition to her residence, would also like to cut a number of large pines that appear to be unhealthy. The commission decided that removal of two of the trees would be appropriate under the terms of the permit; additional trees would require seeking a revised permit.
• Hanover Hill. Engineer George Dimakarakos indicated he had no new information to present at the ongoing public hearing for the 35-lot Hanover Hill subdivision off Westford Street. The next session was scheduled for April 10 at 8:45 p.m.
• Road sand. Willard reported observing a considerable amount of road sand in the wetlands near the outlet of the large culvert under School Street. The Commission determined that Willard should contact the Department of Public Works about removal and prevention of future problems. ∆
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