Trail extension gets OK from Conservation Commission

Mar 26, 2019

MATTAPOISETT– Members of the Mattapoisett Conservation commission unanimously approved new section of a trail proposed by the Mattapoisett Land Trust at Hammond Quarry. 

Land Trust representatives explained at a March 25 meeting that the trail installation will include bog board installations in sections with standing water in deep mud so people can walk through the bog. The boards will be between 80 and 100 feet.

They also aim to clear existing walking trails of fallen trees and growth. 700 feet of the existing trail run through the wetlands. For the new trail, 75 feet of it will run through the wetlands.

Chairman of the Conservation Commission Michael King said in a statement the Comission will approve of the plan as long as the construction and clearing of excess doesn’t interfere with the habitat surrounding it, which includes the protected species the eastern box turtle, and they come up with a written plan on how they will sustainably construct the trails and parking lot.

Commission  member John Jacobsen said it will be beneficial for the public to have access to more places of nature. “I think it will have a positive impact because it’s nice to see environmentally sensitive areas that are accessible,” said Jacobsen, “I see it as a positive aspect to the town that can be utilized by everyone.”