Letter: Meeting on the Future of Lynn Woods & Water Supply

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4/28/2016 –

Submitted by Don White –

Very Important Meeting on the future of Lynn Woods and Lynn’s Water supply

The new date for the hearing on the Conservation Restriction on Lynn Woods is Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 402 at City Hall. Please show up and help spread the word to anyone who cares about protecting our woods.

The more Woods supporters who show up, the better!

The Friends of Lynn Woods has been working with Essex County Greenbelt, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the City of Lynn to get a Conservation Restriction in place on Lynn Woods. We’re almost there! But we need to push to get the final piece in place. Below is an explanation from Essex County Greenbelt.

Believe it or not, the Woods are currently very inadequately protected from a legal standpoint. Something we’ve wanted to fix for many years.

Now, more than ever, your voice needs to be heard if you support the City’s efforts to preserve Lynn Woods forever with a conservation restriction.

Ask the Mayor and City Council to approve the Article 97 Legislative Authorization enabling the City and Lynn Water & Sewer Commission to permanently preserve Lynn Woods with a conservation restriction!

Background:
On MAY 3, the City Council will vote to request authorization from the State Legislature to allow the City to grant the conservation restriction (CR) over Lynn Woods.

This is a crucial first step in order for the City to permanently preserve Lynn Woods with a conservation restriction.

The next step of approving the conservation restriction document will take place after the City has received Legislative authorization to proceed.

A conservation restriction is the best way to ensure Lynn Woods is forever preserved as public open space and for drinking water supply.

A CR will ensure Lynn Woods is never again threatened by development.

A CR will keep Lynn Woods open to the public for hiking, running, mountain-biking, dog-walking, skiing, golf – all of the ways that the public now enjoys the Woods.

A CR will preserve habitat for rare plants and animals.

Lynn Water & Sewer Commission will continue to be able to do all it needs to do to manage the public water supply.

A conservation restriction must be held by a qualified entity that is not the landowner. Greenbelt and the Mass. Dept. of Conservation and Recreation have offered to co-hold the conservation restriction.

Why does Lynn Woods need a conservation restriction? Isn’t it permanently preserved already?

Lynn Woods has suffered numerous development threats over the decades – even recently! The Park Act only covers 996 acres of Lynn Woods’ 2,200 acres. Those portions of Lynn Woods in Saugus, Lynnfield, and most of Ox Pasture may be vulnerable to development. Some of this land was donated, some was purchased by the Parks Commission, Water Board, or with un-designated City funds. Much of this land may have uncertain conservation designation.

For more information, contact Greenbelt:
Vanessa Johnson-Hall
vkjohnson@ecga.org
(978) 768-7241 x16

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