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September 5, 2013

Londonderry town forest cleanup to begin soon

LONDONDERRY — Conservation Commission members offered more input on how to move forward with a proposed cleanup effort of the town forest near the Town Common.

Town sexton Kent Allen came before the commission earlier this year and said he wanted to spearhead a campaign to clean out the forest, clean up brush and invasive plants, and do a general sprucing up of the area.

“He wants to get started this fall,” Conservation Commission Chairman Deb Lievens said.

Allen wants to gather volunteers to assist in the project, including Londonderry Trailways volunteers and local Boy Scouts.

He also wants to focus on an area near a newly blazed trail in the forest that connects the Town Common area to Mack’s orchard property.

Officials were concerned about some potential dangers to volunteers when tree-clearing work is involved and what sort of liability the town might have to protect those volunteers.

“We are not encouraging volunteers to do major tree-cutting,” Conservation Commission vice chairman Eugene Harrington said.

He said basic cleaning efforts would be safer than volunteers taking on major cutting and sawing efforts.

Allen also hopes to continue the town’s efforts to clear out invasive ornamental bittersweet, an ongoing project at the town’s forested areas.

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