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Town Forest Commitee Plans April Walk

by Bobby Blair
March 11, 2017

Its been a dogs age or since Hector was a pup that the Town Forest Committee has held a meeting. In fact Joanne Hulbert acknowledged on Thursday eve it was her first meeting since she was appointed to the committee eight years ago. Relative new committee member John Goeller was joined by former member John Greendale as the trio sifted through a pile of documents. "These maps haven't been looked at in some time" Hulbert quipped as she took a pile of information out of a large plastic box, they've got dust all over them.

The Town Forest Committee's mission is one of managing and care of the public domain known as the town forest. Holliston's town forest consists of two parcels. A 24 acre parcel on the northern end of Highland Street and a 200 acre plus parcel on Adams. The Adams Street Town Forest abuts similar properties in Milford and Hopkinton for over 2,000 acres of contiguous protected property. The town owned Fairbanks property also abuts the town forest with over 200 acres of land and is under control of the town's Conservation Commission. The entire property is large; large enough that Holliston police were called to the area in recent months for two separate incidents that hikers found themselves lost.

Greendale told the duo of Hulbert and Goller that when he was on the committee a forester was hired to make recommendations. Greendale said the forester suggested the planting of a diversity of trees within the forest to deter disease and insects. There was a suggestion that local scouts may be able to use the forests to camp out and a possible walk is being scheduled for early April.

 

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Comments (2)

Just a heads up. My daughter walked our dogs in the Town Forest this week and they came home covered with ticks.

- Ellin Austin | 3/11/17 8:37 PM

The committee should consider a forest management program that would look at the possibility of thinning the canopy to allow new growth. Wenakeening Woods, managed by the Upper Charles Conservation Land Trust (http://www.uppercharles.org/), has such a plan that includes selective cutting of trees to encourage new growth. For more information on the plan, go to: http://www.uppercharles.org/wenakeening-woods-prepares-timber-harvesting

- Paul Saulnier | 3/11/17 8:41 AM

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