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Spring Pond in Autumn

These beautiful photos of Spring Pond in Autumn are shared by Leslie Courtemanche.  
The second photo is of a Great Blue Heron.

Deer and baby fawn

This is a sighting on video, caught by Leslie Courtemanche, of a female deer nursing her baby fawn in Spring Pond Woods.

Fundraiser for Stop The Garbage Now, Salem

This will affect Salem and surrounding communities.  This is a message from Salem residents fighting the Transfer Station:

We are writing to update you on the proposed expansion and sale of the present Transfer Station and to invite you to an upcoming fundraiser.

As many of you know, there has been an ongoing fight to stop the City from selling the Transfer Station on Swampscott Road to the trash company Northside Carting, Inc. The Salem Board of Health approved what they considered a “minor” modification to the site. The minor modification dealt with increasing the daily acceptable intake from 100 to 400/500 tons of garbage. Initially, the site was only going to take construction debris, but the Board of Health’s decision would allow it to include residential and commercial waste. The increased tonnage would be coming into Salem from other cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth.

After the Board of Heath decision, local residents came together to file a lawsuit to reverse this decision. They argued that the tonnage change to the site would be a “major” modification, not a "minor" one. The trucks hauling 400 tons of garbage per day would have a detrimental impact to the local neighborhoods and the City at large. This would include an increase in noise, pollution, and traffic that would negatively impact residential home values and the overall quality of life in Salem.

A Salem Superior court judge has twice ruled in favor of the neighbors in this fight against expanding the Transfer Station. The courts’ rulings to overturn the Board of Health’s decision are very uncommon and enormously encouraging to residents. The courts have agreed that the proposed site change is in fact a “major” modification and not a “minor” one as originally put forth by the Board of Health.

The case is now being heard before the Massachusetts Appellate Court as the City of Salem/Northside Carting, Inc. continues to appeal the Superior Court’s decisions. Because of this, we must continue this fight for the betterment of the City and it’s residents.

We are asking for your help! The committee, Stop the Garbage Now, will be holding a fundraiser to help defray some of the legal costs associated with the appeal process.

Where: The Salem Moose Lodge, 50 Grove Street
When : Friday, April 26
Time : 6:30 - 9:30 PM
Cost : $25 per ticket- Ticket purchase includes entry into the door prize raffle, food, cash
bar and music and more.

For further information, please visit stopthegarbagenow.com, find our Facebook page at Stop the Garbage Now Salem, MA or email us at info@Stopthegarbagenow.com.

If you are unable to make the event and would like to make a donation, please make checks payable to:

Attorney Carl Goodman
c/o Stop the Garbage Now,
154 Lynnway, Suite 1C
Lynn, MA 01902

We thank you for your support!

Seeking volunteers to survey rare species

Finding species listed with Natural Heritage of Endangered Species program is a rarity and special concern in urban areas.  The habitat of a rare bird has been observed in the greenbelt following the power-lines from Salem Woods to Spring Pond Woods to Lynn Woods and green areas in between.  The state has asked for our help to conduct a larger survey of the area.  

If (those fearlessly) interested in joining our efforts within one of these areas, to observe and document this genus during a couple warm nights in spring and summer under a specific moon phase between the survey window of May 18-31, and June 16-30, please inquire for more info. 

It is an extraordinary experience listening to the sounds of this nearly forgotten species between the disappearing edges of our growing large towns.  The importance of preserving greenbelts and wildlife corridors around our cities has been lacking in regional planning and is now of urgence to raise the importance.  Regulating greenbelt zones can be a means to cooperative planning between cities and towns, following the times new Ahwahnee Principles, helping protect our environment by creating buffer areas between municipalities, and avoiding boundary issues. 

For more info contact 
Katerina Panagiotakis Koudanis
phone: 617.418.3009

Leslie Courtemanche

4th Vernal Pool Certification!

A fourth vernal pool was recently certified in Spring Pond Woods!  This little pond with connecting wetlands and buffer areas is now regulated by many state and local laws as an important wildlife habitat.   

Last year, two vernal pools became certified, and back in 1997 the first vernal pond in Spring Pond Woods was acknowledged for certification.

Thank you to those who visited this area continuously over several nights/ days into months, gathering research.   Much love and peace on...

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