Friday, July 30, 2010
ConsCom shorts, July 22
• Expanded turtle study. A project to study the habitat preferences of the Eastern Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta picta) at Greenough Pond was approved by the Conservation Commission (ConsCom) on July 22. Rebecca Loeb is working with wildlife ecologist Bryan Windmiller to determine whether abundance, sex and age distributions differ among turtles using the shrub edge versus open water. The board determined that the project is within the scope of the land-use permit issued to Windmiller in June. (See “ConsCom approves biosurveillance training, wildlife study,” Mosquito, July 2.)
• Community service project. Lynn Knight of the Land Stewardship Committee (LSC) explained that student Amelia Cox of Brook Street will work with the LSC to map invasive species on the Foss and Greenough Conservation Lands. Her Community Service Project will also include some cleanup and brush clearing.
• 879 Concord Street. Homeowner Linda Taylor returned to further discuss remediation of damage to a wetland resource area and its 100-foot buffer zone. The ConsCom had issued an Enforcement Order when vegetation was cleared along Buttrick Pond in violation of the Wetlands Protection Act and Carlisle Wetlands Bylaw. The unpermitted work was undertaken to create access to a four-acre portion of the property that Taylor has put on the market. At Taylor’s request the board had recently visited the site.
After some discussion members agreed that native shrubs that had been cut to the ground should be left to re-establish. Their roots are intact and they are already producing new top growth. Taylor agreed to clean up the slash and maintain a narrow path for walking access to the parcel she is seeking to sell. Taylor also agreed to record with the Registry of Deeds an Order of Resource Area Delineation delimiting the wetlands boundary that had been issued to the previous owner of the property.
• 278 South Street. A Certificate of Compliance was approved for homeowners Elizabeth Ahern and Andrew Barlow. Work associated with building a new house after demolishing the former structure, as well as repair of their septic system, was satisfactorily completed. ∆
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