The mission of the environment committee is to maintain a natural setting while providing responsible improvements in access, use and education, balancing human use with improvement of the ecosystem through active management.
Committee Action Points
- Develop content for the website, kiosk and guided walking tours about the special environment at Livermore Falls. Complete by July 1, 2014.
- Engage a wildlife naturalist to survey the areas on both East and West sides and to advise on the best balance of uses to maintain the area as natural as possible. This should include an analysis of flora and fauna. Arrange by July 15, 2014.
- Design a trail network which takes the naturalist recommendations into consideration. Initial plan due on September 1, 2014.
- Investigate whether grant funds are available for monitoring and improving the environment at the Falls. Develop a list by June 1, 2014.
- Form a study group to determine how to construct a walking trail from the Falls to the amphitheater in downtown Plymouth. Develop preliminary plans by September 1, 2014.
- Form a group to study a portage around the Falls so that boaters can float from Lincoln to Franklin in while safely enjoying the environment. Report out by January 1, 2015.
- Determine whether hydropower is possible and, if so, whether it can be consistent with high environmental quality. Identify a direction by May 1, 2015.
- Form work groups to periodically clean up both sides of the Pemi at the Falls. May 15, 2014. See events calendar forward.
- Purchase and install new fencing for safety at the mill area. Complete by May 31, 2014.
- Construct a viewing station to be used by train and local visitors, possibly connected to a bridge over the railroad tracks. September 30, 2014. See parking lot plans forward.
- Conduct presentations on the importance of keeping the river clean and the consequences of not doing the same. May 15, 2014. See events calendar forward.
- Develop guidelines for capacity restrictions at the park and plan for usage control. September 30, 2014. Based on results of increased supervision and monitoring forward.