Friday, May 2, 2008
Conservation Commission shorts, April 24
• Davis Corridor. The Conservation Commission (ConsCom) approved a new management plan for the Davis Corridor conservation land at their April 24 meeting, according to Conservation Administrator Sylvia Willard. The plan was prepared by the Land Stewardship Committee and presented by committee member Liz Loutrel. The plan had already been reviewed by the Trails Committee and the Trustees of Reservations. The Trustees is a private conservation organization that holds a conservation restriction on the property.
• Fox Hill. Two agricultural licenses were granted to Carlisle residents by the commission for the Fox Hill conservation land. An agreement with Dick Shohet allows continued mowing of the main field, which is visible from Bedford Road. Arborist John Bakewell was granted a license to plant trees for later sale on the second field, which is tucked behind trees and not visible from the road. Both agreements were for three-year terms. Willard noted that Bakewell’s request was different from the agricultural uses the commission has allowed in the past, and there was discussion that holes must be filled back in after the trees are harvested. Other agricultural agreements on Carlisle’s conservation lands have permitted harvesting of hay, as well as crops such as corn, soy beans and cranberries.
• Marsh bird study. The ConsCom granted a conservation land use permit allowing Brian Tavernia to conduct a survey of marsh birds and their invertebrate food sources in wetlands along Maple Street during the months of April to July. Tavernia is a graduate student at Tufts University studying the effects of urbanization on marsh birds. Accessing the wetlands by canoe, he plans to set out traps for invertebrates during four separate sampling periods. The commission asked for a copy of his results.
• Carlisle Kids House (formerly Extended Day). The childrens’ center at 142 East Street had submitted a Request for a Determination of Applicability of the Wetland Protection Act to proposed playground construction near wetlands. The commission found that the project would not affect the wetlands and issued a negative finding.
• Blasting problem. Willard said the commission issued an Enforcement Order to halt work on a construction site on Cross Street owned by Jonathan Bohs, where improper blasting activity had sent boulders into the nearby wetland. Both the owner and blasting company representative met with the ConsCom to discuss the blasting and how to restore the wetlands. According to Willard, pea stone and haybales have stabilized the affected stream, but heavy equipment will be needed to remove the boulders. The ConsCom requested that Bohs submit a restoration plan.
• Other hearings postponed. Four scheduled hearings for work near wetlands were continued to a later meeting because documentation was not ready. Properties included: 500 West Street (septic system construction), 59 Nowell Farme Road (septic system construction), Hanover Hill (subdivision road and driveway construction), and 268 Fiske Street (home construction). ∆
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