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April 3, 2014

Conservation members hear gunfire concerns

DERRY — Some residents living near town conservation properties are once again hearing gunfire.

Conservation Commission members received a letter from a Hubbard Hill Road resident, saying the 150-acre Low land is the town property most recently in the line of fire.

Conservation Commission Chairman Margie Ives said at a meeting March 24 that the Low easement document states hunting is allowed on the property, but she wasn’t sure yet what type of shooting was taking place there.

The residents said gunshots were heard early in the morning.

It is one of several town conservation areas with restrictions are in place.

But Ives said she wasn’t sure if it was hunting or target practice.

“At some point, people not hunting are shooting at trees,” Ives said.

In 2012, there was extensive vandalism to trees in the town’s Weber Forest. Vandals shot and destroyed several large pine trees and knocked other trees over.

“Those (Weber) trees knocked over were 16 to 20 inches in diameter,” Conservation Commission member Paul Dionne said. “They weren’t saplings.”

Police were aware of that damage then and have also been called about these most recent shooting complaints, Ives said.

Ives said she hadn’t been out to see the tree damage yet, but if trees are being destroyed due to gunshots, that would be serious town property damage.

“That is an infringement on the property that belongs to the town,” she said.

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