MANAGEMENT

looking at a path through a forest

The following considerations originated from the Beals & Thomas report in 2006 and have since been updated as progress has been made or new considerations have surfaced.

I. Canines

1. Implement dog walking program to minimize erosion, contamination of water, and to help with visitor experiences

II. Transfer Station

1. Continue involvement in reviewing monitoring data from the transfer station.
2. Pursue opportunity for grassland management of meadow/field at the landfill.

III. Septic Systems, Composting Restrooms

1. Maintain log/calendar.

IV. Invasive Species

1. Inventory and prioritize problem areas.
2. Coordinate volunteer workdays for removal.
3. Assess effectiveness of removal programs and need for alternate vegetative cover.

V. Utility Easements

1. Contact utility companies to obtain their management programs.
2. Engage utility companies in discussion of enhancements for habitat (sandy areas, bird boxes, etc.)

VI. Forest Management

1. Contact American Chestnut Foundation regarding tree specimens.
2. Contact Joe Perry, the Westwood/Dover Service Forester for information and advice regarding a forest management plan for Hale Reservation.
3. Coordinate any forest management activities with TTOR.

VII. Vegetated Buffers

1. Monitor pedestrian impacts at pond shorelines to maintain a viable vegetative buffer and restrict access in areas that exhibit stress, soil erosion and compaction.

VIII. Trail System

1. Create an updated trail map and marking to improve user friendliness.
2. Coordinate a volunteer day for trail maintenance.

IX. Ponds

1. Monitor progress of pond ecology based on 2007 installation of aeration systems.
2. Consider application of aglime within Powissett Pond in order to increase its pH.
3. Perform pond water quality monitoring.
4. Evaluate installation of a benthic barrier along the deeper swimming areas.
5. Evaluate the necessity of removing water lily growth, and if action is undertaken, water lilies should only be removed from swimming, boating or fishing areas.

X. Wells

1. Complete comprehensive baseline testing.
2. Perform annual testing of nitrate, nitrite and coliform bacteria concentration.
3. Perform comprehensive testing every ten years in accordance with Mass DEP regulations.

XI. Miscellaneous

1. Observation Log and Board – Create and manage a wildlife and plant species log for staff, visitors and program participants.
2. Large Mammal Management Issues
a. Deer do not seem to be an issue, but continued monitoring of over grazing should be monitored.
b. Beavers do not seem to be present, but ongoing observation should be conducted.
c. Waterfowl are present (Canada Geese, swans). These populations should be minimized and necessary control measures (nest removal, scare tactics) should be implemented.
3. Vernal Pool Certification
4. Improve Fish Passage