By Julie Huss
---- — LONDONDERRY — They want to see the forest for the trees.
Resident Kent Allen is hoping to gather volunteers soon to begin a project to clear out debris and brush from the town forest.
The land is about 12 acres and was deeded to the town by the Mack family. It follows along Mammoth Road down toward the cemetery from the Town Common.
Allen presented his idea to the Heritage Commission last month and hopes to start the cleanup efforts soon.
Smaller trees, less than 3 inches in diameter, brush and other debris would be hauled out of the forest, Allen said.
The forest clearing would make way for the town to utilize the woods for additional trails and recreation.
Conservation Commission Chairman Deb Lievens said the project would only maintain the land as a working forest.
“We’re not looking for a park in there,” she said, “but we are looking for trails.”
The brush removal could include any other plants that are taking root among the pines and hardwoods, including bittersweet, which is hard to get rid of.
“And we have a lot of brambles in there,” Lievens said.
There could be several phases to the clean-up process with brush and debris being removed, then smaller trees, then all the remaining stumps would need to go.
Spreading of loam and seeds could follow.
Work could begin in September, officials said. Local Boy Scouts could be asked to contribute some volunteer hours to support the cleanup.
“Kent thought maybe a September timeframe would be when he could put some time in to start the work, which would be on a volunteer basis on his part,” Heritage Commission Chairman Arthur Rugg said.
“I’m trying to approach some of the scout troops for assistance,” Allen said. “I didn’t open any discussion with anyone until you people decided whether and when you wanted to start.”