mark gailus

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Concord, MA

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September, 2017

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Commented on Envision Concord 1 year, 9 months ago
Let the Long Range Plan specifically include a goal of preserving nature in residential areas. The benefits of nature need not be restricted to "conservation lands." Neighborhoods with mature tree canopies and mini-meadows provide wildlife corridors and habitat, benefits to human health, and nature instruction to those who pay attention. They multiply the benefits of adjacent conservation lands. Make it a goal to support pollinator and bird friendly native plantings, and to reduce general pesticide use and avoid lawn care methods that require gasoline powered equipment, fungicides, and chemical fertilizers. All great for "Town Character" and "Sustainability."
Supported a comment by Tanya Gailus on Envision Concord 1 year, 9 months ago
Tanya Gailus
Preserving Neighborhood Trees: I have been looking over the current drafts for vision for concord, opportunities, and the element of preserving trees and nature "within neighborhoods" is missing. The physical and mental health value of having trees within one's neighborhood should not be underestimated. Natural conservation should not be limited only to designated parcels of interest.
Supported a comment by Bill Montague on Envision Concord 1 year, 11 months ago
Bill Montague
Yes a small bus that makes the rounds all day for those who do not want to drive or even have a car. West Concord, - Depot Area - Concord Center p Crosby's parking lot.
Supported a comment by Tanya Gailus on Envision Concord 1 year, 11 months ago
Tanya Gailus
The Tree-Preservation-Subcommittee was duly dissolved after Town-Meeting 2017. There have been delays in implementing the Tree Bylaw. It was sent late to the AG, in July. Was on town website in October. Rules and regulations are still being worked out. A modest bylaw affecting only periphery and only major construction. Meanwhile, unnecessary tree loss is continuing, as simply to allow for a slightly bigger lawn in new construction-not because a house is to be built on that location. I also agree that we need to look into a more comprehensive discussion/bylaw for preserving "significant trees" - like 100yr old oak trees. I don't usually write sentimentally in town matters. But yesterday, such a tree (100 yr. oak) was taken down across the street from us, and it literally sounded like a "cry" as it fell..A number of peripheral tall pine trees were taken down, too, just to expand the future lawn. One has to- and does- respect the existing rights of land owners, including developers. But this is also why our town staff has to act with more diligence in making sure our bylaws are implemented in a timely manner. There is often a lack of communication among town departments as well. So, yes, we need to look into tree preservation in more detail and with more thorough understanding of ecology than the Tree Subcommittee was able to do.- and deal with TM bylaws in a more conscientious manner.
Supported a comment by Lori Pazaris on Envision Concord 1 year, 11 months ago
Lori Pazaris
Excellent suggestion! Concord does have a Tree Preservation Sub Committee that sponsored our Tree preservation bylaw, passed at last year’s town meeting. The by-law is a start and can / should be expanded.

Many folks are not aware that trees are connected to our water cycles, can protect against drought, and keep our land hydrated and aquifers full. We need to connect the dots by forming a climate resilience committee or task force to review and make recommendations on best land and water management practices (including trees and other vegetation, creation of healthy soil that can provide quick water infiltration, protecting water supplies, etc).
Supported a comment by Joe Stein on Envision Concord 1 year, 11 months ago
Joe Stein
Trees provide a number of important ecological and environmental services, as well as improve property values and "town character". But trees are experiencing increasing stress from road salt, infestations (pine trees are dying all over town), and climate (ie,tar spot due to prolonged wet conditions). I propose the Town consider creating a formal Tree Committee modeled after other successful committees within MA. The committee may be charged with promoting shade tree plantings, soliciting ideas for tree replacement, managing tree dedications, etc. Towns such as Lexington, MA have an active Tree Committee and dedicated town website. Concord should consider the same (I would happily serve as volunteer).