North Upton Open Space Stewardship Plan

North Upton Open Space Stewardship Plan

The Upton Conservation Commission has developed a draft Land Stewardship Plan for town owned properties off North Street, including the Warren Brook Watershed, Howarth Glen, and Whitney Conservation Areas, and two other town owned parcels.  This stewardship plan is intended to guide management of the properties for the next ten years.  The draft plan considers information received from state and private conservation organizations as well as from a consulting forester and a tribal historic preservation officer. The plan will also consider input from other town boards, including the Historical Commission, Recreation Commission, Board of Selectmen, as well as members of the public. The plan describes the forest, cultural and recreational resources of the area, provides stewardship goals and recommendations, and proposes an implementation plan.  The plan proposes to conduct timber harvesting within some areas, including conversion of 5 to 10 acres of mature forest to early successional (young forest) habitat in order to increase wildlife diversity.  Approximately 35 percent of the 300 acre area will be managed with limited cutting to develop old growth forest characteristics.

The plan is available for review on the Conservations Commission webpage at https://www.uptonma.gov/land-stewardship-committee/pages/stewardship-plan-north-upton-open-space 

The Commission will hold a public information session about the plan on Saturday, February 17 at 1 pm Upton Town Hall.  A public hearing will be held on Wednesday, March 14 at 8 pm in Upton Town Hall. Comments on the draft may be submitted by mail or email at concomm@uptonma.gov through March 30, 2018.  For more information please contact Scott Heim at (508) 634-3664.

Christine Scott
Chairperson, Upton Conservation Commission