The Marshfield Select Board is seeking persons interested in appointment to the Stewardship Committee managing the beautiful 620 acre Stranahan Memorial Town Forest. The Committee operates under goals/objectives and constraints of the management plan and conservation easement. It is responsible for the day-to-day management of the forest and develops new policies, procedures, budgets and plans for approval of the Select Board.
The primary goal of managing this property is the protection and conservation of its natural resources. There are multiple uses allowed in the management plan which must be consistent with pursuit of the primary goal. Sugaring, agriculture, logging, hiking, snow shoe, sking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, mountain biking and others are listed uses in the management plan. Some of these uses in some cases may conflict with the primary goal or with each other. One of the important jobs of the Committee is to balance these uses.
The Committee is responsible for maintenance of the six mile hiking trail system (including removing downed trees), the parking areas, signage, mowing interior fields to keep down brush, and similar activities. The Committee is working on several projects to expand the learning and enjoyment from the forest. These projects include:
Links to committee meeting minutes may be found on the right side of your screen.