Are we in Neverland? Concerns from Carleton Place Citizens #1

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I got a few emails from concerned citizens the past few days so I decided I would write about their concerns together.
Email from Concerned Citizen-
I must have been in Neverland for awhile, but today I noticed all the trees gone from the wooded area on Highway 7 between Mississippi Road and the Mississippi  Valley Conservation Authority. I mean totally gone–then I remember someone on Facebook saying 200 maple trees had been decimated to the upset of many birds and small animals but didnt know what it was about….Do you know ….I assume a new housing project????
From what I can see the developer has gone in and has started blazing their road network, and unfortunately this seems to be allowed. As part of an approved development, plans for tree preservation are usually required, but there seems to be no officially approved plan, so they can do whatever they want.
I believe this happened before when another developer did it three years ago with its pending development North of Wall Mart. As no agreement for tree preservation was signed off they could cut down as much as they wanted.
If, however, any of this cutting is on TOWN OWNED property I would hope that some serious questions are posed. Each tree matters, and developers should be under serious scrutiny —so much so, that the loss of even just a handful could wipe out an entire species of flora and fauna forever.
New research encompassing some 50 studies worldwide shows that cutting down even just three to four trees per hectare of primary forest already results in species loss, changing ecosystem services (i.e. nutrient cycling), biological resources (i.e. potential sources of medicine), and social benefits (i.e. recreation through birdwatching and hiking) provided by forests. I understand we need housing- but let’s work together with a tree preservation plan. If you think this is all hogwash-read my blog I did this week when three maples on my property were cut down this week due to decay, I was shocked how it affected the birds in the area.
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Another email asked me if it was correct that a developer was putting in a proposed waste water sewage pond in Roy Brown Park. I have heard lots of talk, but so far, I believe no deal has yet been made.
So what’s a waste water sewage pond?  Stabilization ponds (also called lagoons or waste stabilization ponds) use a natural process for wastewater treatment that employs a combination of macrophytic plants, substrates and microorganisms in a more or less artificial pond to treat wastewater. The technique is frequently used to treat municipal wastewater, industrial effluent, municipal run-off or stormwater. After treatment, the effluent may be returned to surface water or reused as irrigation water (or reclaimed water) if the effluent quality is high enough.
I realize water from these sources are used to irrigate golf courses etc.–but do we really want one on our nature trails in the park? It’s not up to me to decide, but NO ONE should ever give up the good fight for a good cause.  Without active citizens our world would be a much less just and humane place.

This was posted on the CarletonPlace.com portal

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Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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  1. I was so upset to see the clear cutting, especially when o took my kids to the park backing into the cleared field. They didn’t even leave a buffer of trees against the property line! What was once a beautiful wooded area is now barren and sad looking. There should absolutely be specific requirements for tree preservation for all new developments in town. Such a shame.

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  2. There is a public meeting on Tuesday night at town hall about the development. Town council pretty much just has to rubber stamp the deal that would allow Cavanagh to build the pond on land that was originally supposed to be park land. Cavanagh pays the town $80,000 and that’s all there is to it. All but one councillor voted in favour of this disgusting deal (Coun. Black was the only one opposed.)

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