This is an action letter to Local and State Officials of Salem, MA.
Spring Pond Woods is divided by private, non-profit and public parcels. It is enjoyed as a place of recreation, and is a wildlife habitat. Part of the area is slated for development. The area north of Highland Ave in Salem, east of Spring Pond and west of Marlborough Road is on the turn of immediate threat. A residential development is blasting the wooded hills near Marlborough Road, and there is a scheme for a proposed Retail center with an expanded Wal-Mart and expanded Meineke, and water tower to clear the woods, blast the hills and cause irrepairable environmental damage. The retail center is proposed near an existing Wal-mart, on the summit of one of the hills, upland from Spring Pond. These pristine wooded and wetland areas have Native American history, and are part of an important regional wildlife cooridor. Camp Fire which programs support 1000± children, could be displaced. There are several potential vernal pools and the woods is an important habitat for species of special concern. These woods are a limited resource between populated cities. The wildlife corridor is being slowly carved away, which some fear the ocean side sanctuaries will become isolated.
The Lynn Lions who organized Camp Lion and own the non-profit open space, was granted the land from Elizabeth Trumbull and the City of Salem. In the Articles of Declaration and mission statement for this non-profit, the wild woodland shall be maintained and preserved as a campground. However today, Camp Lion has looked the other way from it's mission and is selling the land for the construction to big box stores.
Please encourage law makers to adopt the PUBLIC LANDS PRESERVATION ACT and MASSACHUSETTS ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACT of Massachusetts, to protect the wetlands and follow through with the Salem Open Space and Recreation Plan to preserve these areas. A parcel of the land belongs to the City of Salem, and is being transferred to the retailer. 4 wooded acres of Salem's parcel will become a Lowe's parking lot and access way. Further land is released to the Dibiasi subdivision.
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2nd Action Letter: To Camp Lion http://www.change.org/petitions/save-spring-pond-retreat