Monthly Archives: February 2013

Oak Street, Camp Lincoln Hill, Recreation, Conservation, & White Marbled Salamanders

We voted to buy this land for conservation and recreation, so it should not be sold off. To do so is a violation of the public trust. Part of the land was used by the scouts for their activities and camping, some was used by the Jaycees for the Annual Haunted House. Part of the land also serves to help protect the wells, which we are currently upgrading to better serve the town. In doing this, we already infringed on the home territory of the Frosted Elfin butterflies and forced them to move, why is the Town Assest Review Committee in such a hurry to infringe upon yet another species’ habitat?  

In another 180, Brue now appears to be the one clamoring to sell off this property, but a November 2011 article states

“Those potential house lots will not be sold, Brue said, citing this as an example of how the conservation commission already has the authority to manage its land under the Town Manager Act.”

 

The same article claims the Foxborough-owned former Camp Lincoln Hill land was designated for conservation and recreation uses only at a town meeting in the early 1970’s.  Judi Johnson and Jim DeVellis recently clarified this and stated it was the 1974 annual town meeting.

Not only is there protected wildlife on the property, almost forty years ago we spent money to protect the property yet, now, some think that’s not important so we should sell it off to spend even more money on new buildings. New land is being formed in Hawai’i, not here. Again, to sell off any of this property would be a violation of the Public Trust!!

The parcels under review are the old firehouse opposite the Common, the former Keating funeral home on Market Street, the former Camp Lincoln Hill property on Oak Street, landlocked parcel on Pine Acres Road, and a parcel on Garrett Spillane Road.

 

Because of their relative scarcity in the state, marbled salamanders are protected in Massachusetts and listed as “threatened,” just one level above endangered, under the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act. They are near the northern limits of their distribution here, which is a contributing factor to their rarity, said Kubel.

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