To The Daily Sun,
I would also like to thank all who have chimed in on the destruction of the Weeks Woods conservation property.
My family and I have been a residents of Gilford for almost 30 years and I cannot count how many times I have walked and snowshoed through Weeks Woods. I am not a "tree hugger" by nature, but I do respect the environment, enjoy the lands we have been blessed with in Gilford and Belknap County and will speak out if I feel they are being jeopardized. Like many Gilford residents I was not aware of the plans to "manage the forest," and I, too, would like answers from the town administrator as to how the project was approved without the input of the residents.
I also find it very hard to believe that an organization that calls itself the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests would sanction such a project and not provide constant oversight throughout the project.
Several weeks ago I ignored the signs and decided to explore the trails, or what was once trails, to see for myself what was happening out there. As I ascended the trail from Route 11A I was immediately shocked and sadden by the destruction of the once scenic path to the top of the trail. When I arrived at the top I could not believe the devastation I saw. I continued to the left, down a path that was once a nature trail, only to find more destruction and no presence of silt fences along the wetland areas.
I continued around the rutted paths to the fields and back into woods at the bench (those who have walked the trails will know where I am speaking of) only to find the devastation continued throughout the forest with trails blocked by large piles of debris, ruts in the wetlands area and damage to the remaining trees.
Who was hired to oversee this project, to protect the forest, the streams and wildlife? Shame on all involved. I am quite certain the Weeks family, who were so generous with their contribution, would not approve.
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