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Help Keep Trucks And Dumpsters Off Baddacook Conservation Land

To The Editor:

At next Monday’s continued town meeting, an amendment will be proposed to Article 19, Motion 2: Baddacook Pond Restoration, requesting the exemption of the Baddacook conserved lands as one of three trucking and dumpster sites for the removal of aquatic weeds from harvesting and hydro raking. Two paved, accessible sites remain. They are the public boat ramp and town well off Rt 40.

Baddacook conservation lands are designated high priority, rare species habitat by MA F&W Natural Heritage and Endangered Species program. Using the Baddacook conserved lands requires trucks to travel over grass paths and woodland trails to retrieve full dumpsters from a newly installed, waterfront, gravel pad. This route bisects wetlands from vernal pools in an area with documented rare species that travel between their food, nesting and habitat locations frequently during the summer. This project is slated for summer months, the premier time for turtle and avian nesting and the emergence of a new generation of vulnerable amphibians, reptiles, and mammals.

Please attend the meeting at 7pm, May 1st, Middle School auditorium, with our group to vote for the amendment to protect this land and the many important species who live there.

Darcy Donald

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