Stop logging Windham's Lowell Preserve!

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.


Town officials decided to use the "preserve" to generate quick cash. As of May 2013, the first of several parcels was cut for wood chips and firewood under the guise of forest management. This happened in the spring, the most vulnerable time for soils and wildlife. The plan is to continue the cutting for the next two years, which means cutting a total of 220 acres (out of 308 "usable" acres). The long term goal is to maximize the growth of economically important species for future harvests.

Please help stop the continued destruction of this beautiful place meant for the people of Windham. Although last year's damage has already occurred, we can stop the logging of the remaining parcels if we try. Please sign the petition to add your voice to those with a more progressive vision for open space in the town of Windham.

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Terry Theodose

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  • Margaret Huber 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

  • Priscilla Payne 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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    11 months ago Comments: 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
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