DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

February 7, 2013

Letters to the editor


Derry News

---- — There are rules on use of Weber Forest

To the editor:

As citizens of Derry we are fortunate to have land acquired through grants, donations, purchases and gifts to enjoy the out of doors. These lands provide recreation for people and habitat for our flora, fauna and wildlife.

The Derry Conservation Commission (DCC) oversees many of these parcels. Protecting and preserving these areas requires assistance from all who live near and use these lands. One way to do this is by becoming a land steward. These are volunteers who periodically walk the lands, report their findings to the DCC and assist with trail maintenance. Anyone interested in becoming a land steward is invited to contact the DCC or the Go Green Committee. You may go to the websites for the Town of Derry and under that the DCC or Go-Green-Derry.org.

This letter calls for protection of one particular parcel, Weber Forest, because many abuses of this land occur. The Weber Forest is a parcel of about 240 acres and is accessed off Drew Road from Jackman Road, the woods trail across from North Shore Road, or the State of New Hampshire recreation trail which crosses Warner Hill Road. Protecting and preserving the forest requires knowledge of permitted uses and reporting of violations to the CC or police. Permitted uses and non-permitted uses are described below.

Weber Town Forest uses and restrictions: This property is managed by the DCC and a professional state forester. The uses are to provide forest products, improve wildlife habitat and natural recreational opportunities. ATVs are not allowed anywhere in Weber Forest. Snowmobiles are allowed on Sheldon Road and the state recreation trail. Weber Forest use allows hiking, cross country skiing, nature appreciation, horseback riding, hunting and fishing. Hunting licenses are required for anyone aged 16 and over.

Public uses permitted on State of New Hampshire recreation trail and woods roads only (Jackman Road, recreation trail): ATVs, dirt bikes, mountain bikes, snowmobiles and horseback riding.

Prohibited uses in the forest include driving motorized vehicles, target shooting and dumping trash. Unfortunately all of these occur with some frequency and some may be due to confusion about forest uses and restrictions. To be clear: Hunting is allowed only during the prescribed hunting season. Target shooting is not allowed, and the frequent, rapid repeat gunfire heard by the residents of Drew Road is inconsiderate. Dumping trash such as old car seats, bottles, cans and bullet casings is also inconsiderate and detrimental to the wildlife.

We have researched the above regulations and now wish to inform you, the public, of our findings.

Our hope is that this letter better informs citizens about appropriate use of conservation land. Responsible drivers know they can use the recreation trail but cannot use the forest trails. Hunters know they can hunt in the appropriate season but not target shoot. Everyone knows not to dump trash. Those who use this beautiful property and witness non-permitted uses can educate others of the rules and can report abuses to the police, the state forester or to the DCC. We encourage active stewardship of our precious, protected land resources. We encourage land stewardship to protect the land for now and the future. Please feel welcome to contact us with any ideas on active stewardship.

Kay Campbell

Derry

Diplomacy suffered under Clinton’s term

To the editor:

President Obama says Secretary Clinton has been one of our country’s finest secretaries of state. Huh? Is the president now smoking something other than cigarettes?

Is the world safer, more peaceful, are threats reduced, is our country more respected around the world, are people more free than they were when Clinton took over as secretary of state? No, no, no, no and no!

The Middle East is in turmoil and the power of radical Muslims is increasing — with our help! Non-aggressive governments in Egypt and Libya have been replaced, with Clinton and Obama’s help, with anti-American governments that want to destroy Israel. The Obama administration armed al-Qaida affiliates in Libya and Syria.

There has been no progress in creating a peaceful Iran. It still threatens its neighbors, arms terrorists, and is four years closer to having a nuclear bomb.

There has been no improvement in relations with nuclear-armed North Korea, which just tested a missile it says was created to attack the United States.

Our enemies in Afghanistan are becoming more successful and our influence in Iraq is being replaced by Iran. Gains in personal freedom are being lost. This administration couldn’t even negotiate a status of forces agreement to protect our soldiers.

Russia is becoming more repressive, aggressive, and widening its world influence. Chavez has increased his anti-freedom influence in South and Central America.

Clinton inadequately protected our people and then falsely blamed a movie for the Benghazi attack. Clinton and President Obama used our tax money to inform millions of Muslims about the anti-Islam movie that they otherwise would never have heard about.

One has to search hard for any international situation where our country is better off than before four years of Secretary of State Clinton. Surveys indicate that respect for our country is less now than during the Bush years.

Only by using strange criteria can you consider Secretary Clinton one of our finest secretaries of state. If you desire antagonism where there was peace, if you want hostile countries to become more dangerous to us, if you want to arm terrorist groups that are a threat to our country and our allies, if you want oppression of Christians and Jews where there was at least toleration, if want less personal freedom, if you want to reduce America’s influence for good in the world, if you want our country to be less respected around the world, then, yes, you could rightly conclude that Secretary Clinton, with the full backing of President Obama, has been one of our finest secretaries of state.

Don Ewing

Meredith