The town of Windham has recently embarked on the destruction of one its largest and wildest nature preserves, the Lowell Preserve behind the east Windham fire station. The Lowell family sold their property to the town at a highly reduced price to ensure its long-term protection. They also designated it multi-use, so that generations of hikers, hunters, bikers, snowmobilers, dog-walkers, and ATV riders could enjoy its beauty without conflict. The property is home to hardwood and softwood stands, some lovely old hemlock coves, a deer yard, pristine wetlands, and Macintosh Brook which drains into Highland Lake.
I have seen what ATV's can do to this property and am certain that unmanaged logging could destroy the water quality of Highland Lake with run off into the brook. I have led a few hikes there and it is a great piece of property. I thought it was safe from this. I guess not
It is important to stop the logging process until more input can be had from the community.
The destruction that has occurred can have far reaching impacts on the health of the preserve and eventually on MacIntosh Brook and Highland lake.
I would urge the Town Council to halt this operation until further input can be obtained and the impacts studied.
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