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Next Meeting: TUESDAY, January 2, 2018; 7:30 p.m. in the Council Room. Meetings are open to the public. Please join us!

NOTE: we have changed our meeting because of the New Year Holiday. There will be no meeting in December. We wish all a happy holiday season and hope you have time for a quiet walk in our woods.

The Woods Committee has planted five new trees on the Saybrooke boundary with the West Woods. A swamp oak, red maple, American holly, and two fringe trees were planted in an area reclaimed from encroachment.

One of the Woods Committee’s accomplishments for 2017 was developing “Criteria for Decision-making for Proposed Uses of the East and West Woods.” Before there is any change in land use in our woods, we should ask questions, such as:

  1. Does the proposed use support the Forestry Stewardship Plan or current Master Plan Forest Policy to protect and preserve our woods?
  2. Does this use increase soil compaction at the site or on the approach to it?
  3. Will these effects interfere with current uses and habitats such as nesting or other life cycle needs of critters, movement of small mammals and reptiles, enjoyment of the woods by walkers, birdwatchers, wild flower observers?
  4. Does the proposed use hold the possibility of diminishing the characteristic woodland quiet?

You can access the complete document at: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BxpieuqruxB6RElyRHRIVUNHUGs

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