Wednesday, April 3, 2013
A letter from Monte Pearson, Town Meeting Member, Precinct 3, on the issue of bow hunting in the Landlocked Forest.
Wednesday, April 3
The following is a letter to the editor: Under Massachusetts law there is no hunting, either with guns or bows and arrows, on any land in the state unless the unit of government with jurisdiction over the land expressly says hunting is allowed. Therefore, it is illegal to hunt with either guns or bows and arrows in the Landlocked Forest until the body with jurisdiction – the Board of Selectmen – votes to allow hunting. If the Board of Selectmen want to consider allowing bow hunting, then they need to keep in mind that the land is already being used for recreational purposes by hundreds of people every month during the spring, summer, and fall. These individuals, whether they are walking, biking, or snow shoeing deserve to know and feel …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Colin Ruposo, a Boy Scout with Troop 10 in Lexington, is looking for volunteers to help build a new trail in the Landlocked Forest.
A local scout is going for the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts and is looking to run a volunteer trail project as part of the process. Colin Ruposo, a Boy Scout with Troop 10 in Lexington, is working to become an Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the scouts. As part of the requirements to become an Eagle Scout, scouts must do a service project. The project can benefit the scouts or the local community. For his project, and to show leadership skills, Ruposo proposed to the Burlington Board of Selectmen last week that he run a volunteer project to move a trail in the Landlocked Forest. The forest also has an entry in Lexington, Ruposo's hometown. According to Ruposo the current, well-used trail is actually located on Mass. Highway …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
In response to questions from residents the Burlington Police Department has put out a release on bow hunting on town property.
As reported on Patch, last week the Burlington Board of Selectmen took up the question of whether or not bow hunting should be allowed on town-owned property. The discussion focused on the Landlocked Forest, but a decision on bow hunting would also apply to the reservoir and Sawmill Brook area. During last's week meeting, the board did not come to any decision on bow hunting. Instead members decided to form an exploratory sub-committee to gather input and opinions from residents. However, the topic has become a hot one. Patch reported on the meeting and the Burlington Union carried the story in its print paper last week. As a result, it seems the Burlington Police Department as received quite a few calls from residents asking about the …
Friday, November 9, 2012
Members of the Board of Selectmen stated town to collect information, opinions, and address the issue.
Should bow hunting for deer be allowed in Burlington's Landlocked Forest? That question was posed to the Board of Selectmen during Monday night's meeting. The board did not make any decision on the question but stated it would create a sub-committee to solicit input from the community and consider the issue. Chair of the Board Ralph Patuto said the town has bylaws against discharging firearms in Burlington, making hunting with shotguns or rifles de facto outlawed. However, it does not have any specific no-hunting rules, which allows for bow hunting. Patuto added that hunting in the Landlocked Forest has taken place for decades. To date, the board has been silent on the issue. There were representatives on both sides of the issue at the …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
An article to change the zoning of the Landlocked Forest from general industrial to open space failed to garner the necessary two-thirds majority.
Burlington Town Meetings members took up a warrant article proposing changing the zoning of the Landlocked Forest from general industrial to open space. Though the majority of members voted in favor of the change, the measure failed to get the necessary two-thirds majority. The vote was one of the articles in the 2012 September Town Meeting on Monday. The article was written and supported by the Friends of the Landlocked Forest and the effort to make the zoning change was spearheaded by member Monte Pearson. Pearson said the Landlocked Forest is an invaluable asset for the town, one used by many residents for recreation and as a chance to get out in nature, and should be protected. The zoning change, he said, would limit what could be …
Friday, September 14, 2012
Tour is scheduled for tomorrow morning.
The following is a release from the Friend's of the Landlocked Forest: The Friends of the Landlocked Forest will be offering Guided Walks of the forest tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 22. Burlington residents are invited to experience the local scenery and natural beauty of this town-owned property. They will be meet in the parking lot behind Burlington Town Hall at 9:45 a.m. Or join them at 10 a.m. at the parking lot on Turning Mill Road, Lexington, at the forest entrance. For more information, please visit their website, www.landlockedforest.com.
Friday, September 7, 2012
The Burlington Conservation Commission is looking for volunteers to help clear tires out of the landlocked forest this Saturday morning.
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Friday, September 7, 2012
The following is a release from the Burlington Conservation Commission: Are you tired of tires? We are too. That is why the Friends of the Landlocked Forest, Burlington Conservation, and the Greater Boston Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association have teamed up to hold a good, old-fashioned, tire clean-up. For many years, tires were carelessly dumped in and around the wetlands at the Landlocked Forest. This unsightly trash is also potentially hazardous to the environment, as chemicals leach from the tires and into the water. It is time to do something about it and your help is needed in getting the tires out of the forest. Bring your boots. Bring your work gloves. Bring your altruistic attitude and come work with good friends. …
Friday, July 20, 2012
Board members voted 6-0 to recommend favorable to Town Meeting the zoning change from general industrial to open space.
The members of the Planning Board agreed with Friends of the Landlocked Forest and Town Meeting members arguing that the zoning of the Landlocked Forest should be changed from general industrial to open space. The board voted 6-0-0 to recommend to Town Meeting that members approve a warrant article on the September Town Meeting warrant on the zoning change. Member Joseph Impemba was not present for the meeting. The vote came after a presentation by member of the Friends of the Landlocked Forest and Precinct 3 Town Meeting member Monte Pearson. Pearson said the Landlocked Forest is an invaluable asset for the town, one used by many residents for recreation and as a chance to get out in nature, and should be protected. "Sponsors of the …
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
A letter to the editor from to invite the community to a guided tour of Burlington's Landlocked Forest.
Dear Editor, The Friends of the Landlocked Forest will be offering a Guided Walk on Saturday, April 28th. The walk will be led by a naturalist who works at the Massachusetts Aududon Society. Please join us for a careful look at the forest in the spring. We will meet in the parking lot behind Burlington Town Hall at 10:15 am. Or join us at 10:30 am at the parking lot on Turning Mill Road, Lexington, under the power lines. For more information, please go to our website, www.landlockedforest.com.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
A letter to the editor from to invite the community to guided tours of Burlington's Landlocked Forest.
To the Editor: The Friends of the Landlocked Forest will be offering Guided Walks on Saturday, March 31 and Saturday, April 28th. Guided walks in March and April will be led by a naturalist who works at the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Please join us for a careful look at the forest in the spring. We will meet in the parking lot behind Burlington Town Hall at 10:15 a.m. Or join us at 10:30 am at the parking lot on Turning Mill Road, Lexington, under the power lines. For more information, please go to our website, www.landlockedforest.com. Martha Simon Friends of the Landlocked Forest