Topics: Conservation

Plovers Close A Third Of Red River Beach

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Access to approximately one-third of the Red River Beach parking lot and sections of the beach will be closed for the month to protect four piping plover chicks which have hatched and are nesting in the adjacent dune. Town officials were put on notice of Friday by the Massachusetts Audubon Society that the parking lot had to be shut down to protect the piping plover chicks, a state and federally prot...

CHATHAM – Every spring, calls come in to the town's animal control department about turtles crossing roads – or worse yet, getting struck and killed by cars as they attempt to cross. Those calls almost always refer to the same locations year after year. “They have it hardwired into their brains where they want to go and breed and feed,” said Animal Control Officer Diane Byers. “Sometimes they're just sitting t...

CHATHAM – In early May, Chatham Friends of Trees celebrated its 40th year as a nonprofit by holding an Arbor Day event at the community center. This event was a good opportunity for DeeDee Holt, a long-serving member of Friends of Trees, and other locals like Stephanie Ellis, the executive director at Wildcare, to inform the community on the importance of trees to the environment and wildlife. For the last ...

Fuel-filled Forests Prompt Brush Fire Worries

By: Alan Pollock

If you've taken a stroll through your favorite conservation area lately, you might notice something other than buds on the bushes and birds in the trees. Local forests are littered with trees that were downed by the series of coastal storms that battered the area last month. And that means fuel for forest fires. There were several small brush fires around Cape Cod early this week, thanks to dry conditions and ...

Fish Migration Day A Success At Herring Run

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Saturday's first World Fish Migration Day drew a lot of interest in the herring that migrate to headwaters ponds to spawn. But the fish were not as plentiful at the run as the people who came to observe the them. The event was sponsored by the Barnstable County Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, state Division of Marine Fisheries, Harwich Conservation Trust and the Harwich Natural Resources Department a...

World Fish Migration Day Celebration At Herring Run

By: William F. Galvin

WEST HARWICH — A lot of activity will be taking place around the town's herring run, but the cold spring weather has slowed the migration of the anadromous fish moving into headwater ponds to spawn. “It's been slow and the last week has been very cold, but we're starting to see them in small numbers,” Brad C. Chase, a diadromous fish biologist with the state Division of Marine Fisheries, said on Friday. “The C...

Herring River Fish House Getting Needed Attention

By: William F. Galvin

WEST HARWICH — The fish house that sits in the Herring River will be getting a facelift. No appeal was filed of a Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection decision upholding DEP and the conservation commission orders of conditions that allow the reconstruction of the structure. The project has been mired in appeals for nearly two-and-a-half years. Abutters Gwynne and David Daks initially seeking a ...

Trust And Town Seek Agreement On Cold Brook Restoration

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — While funding and technical details relating to the design alterations of the Harwich Conservation Trust's Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve are still being discussed, town officials, consultants, state and trust representatives are confident they are getting close to a final plan. “We're actually getting close and I can't think of a more exciting project to address the nitrogen issue,” said David ...

HARWICH — Concerns have been raised about water intrusion at the new maintenance building at Saquatucket Harbor, with Selectman Donald Howell referring to the location as “Lake Downey.” Town officials admit there was a miscalculation on the depth of groundwater in a survey provided to the town before the start of the project, but Town Engineer Robert Cafarelli said this week adjustments have been made that wil...

HARWICH — A careful study of Island Pond Cemetery will show more than just rows of headstones. There is history, art, science, and a rich variety of trees. When Robbin Kelley looks out across the cemetery, she sees potential. The town’s cemetery administrator is leading an effort to create an arboretum that includes Island Pond Cemetery and an adjacent tract of conservation land. Arguably one of the town’s m...

CHATHAM – For the town's conservation department, a couple of days of work by14 AmeriCorps Cape Cod members can clear six months worth of projects from the calendar. “They're terrific workers,” said Assistant Conservation Agent Paul Wightman. “In one day they can go in and clear a trail, create a scenic overlook and put signs and a fence up.” The town has more than 22 conservation properties, and last month...

Public Shares Vision For Eldredge Garage Land

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Citizens still have more than a month to sound out on the future of the former Eldredge Garage property, but so far, public parking and rest rooms seem to be the most popular suggestions for the town-owned parcel. Last Thursday, more than a dozen neighborhood residents and other citizens shared their visions for the property with the Eldredge Garage property planning committee. The group will conti...

Eagle Scout Candidate Builds Benches For HCT

By: Alan Pollock

EAST HARWICH — In about a year, if you find yourself strolling the trails of Harwich Conservation Trust’s new Muddy Creek Headwaters Conservation Area, sit on a bench and think of Carl Furner. Furner is a 17-year-old Harwich resident who recently coordinated the construction and installation of three benches at the conservation land off Church Street. The community service project was part of Furner’s bid to...

Town Restricts Parking At Eldredge Garage This Winter

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Town officials have not yet decided on long-term uses for the former Eldredge Garage property at 365 Main St., or even intermediate uses next summer. But they’ve got a plan for the short term: secure the property with a split-rail fence, and prohibit overnight parking there until at least the spring. There’s a key exception: the property will be available for parking during First Night Chatham, whi...

CHATHAM ─ Clad in tall hip waders and bright blue rubber gloves, Monomoy Middle School student Yoangel Rodriguez reached into a purple mesh bag and began scattering what looked like peanuts onto the flats at Mill Creek in Chatham. Rodriguez was really laying down quahog seeds that should come to maturity around the time the young man who planted them graduates high school. The bond between student and shellfish...

CHATHAM — In an organizational meeting last Thursday, members of the new Eldredge Garage Property Planning Committee said they'd already received scores of suggestions for the re-use of that prime downtown real estate. The nine-member panel was chosen by the board of selectmen to review the potential uses of the property at 365 Main St., which was purchased by town meeting last January for $2.5 million. The ...