Merrymeeting Lake Association
Update - October 12, 2013
Over the past several weeks there have been many questions, and
some misinformation, concerning the logging operations on Birch
Hill. This statement is intended to address concerns, set the
record straight and advise MMLA members of our related plans.
What we know:
- The property owner has a right
to harvest the timber on Birch Hill subject to a permit
issued by the state.
- The company doing the
work is well respected in the field and known for its “best
practices” logging operations.
- Abutting property lines
have been marked and the logging operations seem to be
maintaining a 100’ buffer from the property lines.
- A walking tour by two
MMLA officers and a member of the town conservation
committee on October 11th would indicate that the logging
company is following best practices related to forestry
management. No areas have been clear-cut. Trees to be
saved (all large, mature and healthy) are tagged. No trees
have been cut in the buffer areas and all harvesting
activity is well away from the shoreline. Ground
disturbance is minimal. Debris from harvested trees has
been strategically placed in potential run-off zones to act
as a buffer and filter against erosion.
- By all outward
appearances, the logging operations are both legal and
responsible and new growth sufficient to replace the
protective blanket of the lost trees is expected to be in
place within a few years.
- The logging operations do
not represent a restart of the Red Oak Ridge development
plan that was submitted to the town several years ago. That
application has since expired and any new application would
have to comply with the steep slope regulations that the
town enacted in the interim. Logging operations in this area
have been ongoing for more than 10 years.
What we are doing:
- To assure that the logging
operations are not adversely affecting the lake, the MMLA
Board of Directors has authorized the expenditure of up to
$2,000 to conduct sampling of several streams along South
Shore Road as an expansion of the existing water quality
- One director will contact UNH
to initiate the development of this supplementary water
sampling program, determine associated costs and report back
to the full Board with results and recommendations.
- The Board will review the
report and allocate additional funds as necessary and
Thank you for your continuing interest and vigilance.
Merrymeeting Lake Association Board of Directors
The 2013 MMLA
Activity & Info Guide
Working with the UNH
Cooperative Extension, MMLA volunteers perform weekly testing and
monitoring of the water quality of the lake. Samples are sent to UNH for
analysis and reporting.
The 2012 report is
PO Box 468
New Durham, NH 03855
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