Tag Archives: Scoutlands

Forestry Walk in Scoutland

Join professional forester Charles Moreno for a guided walk through Scoutland in Rollinsford on Saturday, September 12 from 10 am to noon. Over 80 acres of town-owned forest along the Salmon Falls River, Scoutland is conserved by the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire (SELT) and is popular with hikers and nature-lovers of all types. Participants will learn about the forest structure and the natural history of this beautiful place, as well as the sustainable forestry work that is planned for the property.
The walk will leave from the Colonel Paul Wentworth House on Water Street in Rollinsford, and will return for light refreshments afterwards. This free event is co-sponsored by SELT, the Rollinsford Conservation Commission, and the Association for Rollinsford Culture and History (ARCH). Sign up by emailing register@seltnh.org.

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Forestry Walk in Scoutland

Join professional forester Charles Moreno for a guided walk through Scoutland in Rollinsford on Saturday, September 12 from 10 am to noon. Over 80 acres of town-owned forest along the Salmon Falls River, Scoutland is conserved by the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire (SELT) and is popular with hikers and nature-lovers of all types. Participants will learn about the forest structure and the natural history of this beautiful place, as well as the sustainable forestry work that is planned for the property.

The walk will leave from the Colonel Paul Wentworth House on Water Street in Rollinsford, and will return for light refreshments afterwards. This free event is co-sponsored by SELT, the Rollinsford Conservation Commission, and the Association for Rollinsford Culture and History (ARCH). Sign up by emailing register@seltnh.org.

Public Hearing: Repeal of ATV Ordinance

Public Hearing:  Repeal of 1973 Ordinance on Recreational Vehicles

Monday, May 4, 6:30 pm

Town Hall, Rollinsford

Background

In January 1973, the Select Board of the Town of Rollinsford passed the attached ordinance restricting recreational vehicles on town lands.  From town records, it is unclear whether this ordinance was ever enforced; but, at some point unknown to the current board, it became “lost” to the board and the town.  It was discovered, in the ordinance binder in the summer of 2014.

The 1973 ordinance was passed by the Select Board and, as such, can be repealed by the Select Board.  (The NH Municipal Association concurs that it is within the authority of the Select Board to repeal the ordinance).  Current members have reviewed the board minutes from 1973 to 1990 and can find no further mention of this ordinance, either to confirm its enforcement or to repeal it.

At some point in the past ten years, the Conservation Commission proposed a management plan to the town and it was accepted by vote at the subsequent town meeting.   In 2011, the Select Board signed an agreement with the Tri-City Trailblazers, an ATV club, to allow them to maintain trails in the Scoutland conservation area.   Both of these actions are in conflict with the ordinance of 1973.

Select Board Rationale

The Select Board recommends repealing this ordinance.   Our express goal is to remove a state of regulatory and/or legal conflict that has existed since the discovery of this ordinance.

Guided Snowshoe Tour of Scoutland Conservation Land

Get outside and enjoy a hike through snow-covered woodlands with the Southeast Land Trust (SELT) and the Association for Rollinsford Culture and History (ARCH) on Saturday, March 14. The two organizations are co-sponsoring a guided snowshoe hike through the scenic Scoutland conservation property along the Salmon Falls River in Rollinsford from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. The walk will leave from the Colonel Paul Wentworth House in Rollinsford at 1 pm and return for warming refreshments and house tours.

To register for this event, email register@seltnh.org. Admission is free for children and ARCH or SELT members, with a suggested donation of $5 for others.

The circa 1701 Colonel Paul Wentworth House is located at Water Street in Rollinsford and is maintained as an educational and cultural center by ARCH. For more information or directions, consult the ARCH website at paulwentworthhouse.org.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING: CONSERVATION COMMISSION

Thursday, August 7, 2014

6:30

Town Hall

The RCC will hold a public hearing to answer any questions about the proposed Selective Timber Harvest in Scoutland and the perimeter of the Turcotte Field. This is a recommendation from the Forest Management Plan prepared by Moreno Forestry Associates. A copy of the plan is on the website.

For background info see the Scoutland page on the website.  Materials will also be available at Town Hall.

The Public Hearing will be followed immediately by a meeting of the Conservation Commission to vote on recommending the Selective Timber Harvest contract to the Select Board.

Updates on the Chinburg Property Development

 Severino Trucking Co. Inc has begun the roadwork at the Chinburg property behind St. Mary’s Church.   Severino’s normal work hours are Monday thru Friday, 7:00 am to 5:00 pm; occasionally they may need to work beyond 5:00.   They do not expect to work weekends.  There is ledge in a couple of locations; they will first try to remove the ledge without blasting.  Should they need to blast they will use the town’s blasting notification process which includes a pre-blast survey of property within 250 feet.

The town has hired Jay Stephens of Civil Consultants (South Berwick) to oversee the roadwork construction.  His costs will be reimbursed by Chinburg Properties, Inc.  Mr. Stephens held a pre-construction meeting with representatives from Severino, Chinburg and the town (Police, Fire, Highway, Selectboard), to review the roadwoark schedule and process.   Severino expects to complete the roadwork within a couple of months.

On Monday, June 23, the Select Board approved a building permit application from Chinburg Properties to build a house on the development site.  It is possible that the house construction will occur before the road is completely built.