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Friday, May 1, 2009

Town Forest report released

Liz Carpenter of the Land Stewardship Committee presented the newly completed Town Forest Baseline Assessment to the Conservation Commission on April 23. The assessment covers both the 71-acre Town Forest, located off East Street, and the adjacent eight-acre Heidke parcel, which was a gift to the town in 1978. The report includes the complex acquisition history, historic uses, recent activities, plant and bird lists, property maps and management issues. There are three certified vernal pools and the land is all Priority Habitat for rare species.

Carpenter noted some of the interesting history of the Town Forest, including that it was part of a larger acquisition in 1852 for the town Poor Farm. She said that the abutters tend to actively maintain the land, are very proud of it and use it a great deal. She also noted that the Town Forest has been called “the oldest conservation land in Carlisle.”

Commissioner Kelly Guarino reinforced compliments from other Commissioners, calling the assessment “thorough and well done.” A copy is available at the Gleason Library and the document will be posted on the Conservation Commission section of the town web site, ∆

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