Conservation Commission proposes creation of master plan

WILTON – The Conservation Commission is proposing the creation of a master plan for the management of three popular recreation areas: The Horseshoe, Garwin Falls and The New Reservoir. Member Jennifer Beck distributed a copy of the proposal, which is still under discussion, at the meeting of the Select Board on Monday. She invited everyone to attend their meetings.

A subcommittee was to meet with the DPW, Fire Department, Police Department and Ambulance services to come up with a comprehensive plan.

There are “three unique water sources in town,” the letter says, all of which could be used by the public if “we could secure the lands, establish conservation easements and rules” which would allow monitoring.

Attempts to shut them down are “pointless,” because of social media. “Rather we should manage them and link them to the down town area by as trail system and encourage patronage” of local businesses.

“You can’t manage what you can’t control.” Currently there is little that law enforcement can do and there is little access for emergency equipment. The little access and remoteness “attracts bad actors.”

Phase One of the plan is the Horseshoe, a scenic diving spot on the Souhegan River. “We are currently in negotiation with owner Sam Proctorand the Piscataquog Land Conservancy to purchase three lots surrounding The Horseshoe and a survey is being done. PLC would hold the easement.

This plan also has the support of the Souhegan Watershed Association.

“Our current situation needs to be addressed, but we see no long term solution unless we secure these properties and manage them.”

For more information, contact Beck at 654-5526