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Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Four Season Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Complete

The Town of Sudbury is pleased to release the Comprehensive Four-Season Wildlife Habitat Evaluation prepared by Call of the Wild Consulting (COTW), dated March 2009 with addendum dated May 27, 2009 and second addendum dated June 10, 2009.

The Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Four Season Wildlife Habitat Evaluation has been deemed complete for the purposes of releasing the study to the public.  The study took place over the course of 4 seasons from November 2007 to December 2008. The evaluation focused on the 4.1 linear miles of abandoned railroad corridor running from the Concord town line southward to the intersection of the corridor with the unused MBTA railroad corridor just west of Union Avenue.

Please note that the recommendations in Sections 1 and 3 of COTW’s report state that there are no satisfactory mitigation alternatives for the impacts to wildlife described in these sections.  Although COTW’s observations and findings may indicate that there is sensitive wildlife habitat in these areas, we feel that the resulting recommendations exceed the scope of the project. COTW did not fully explore all plausible alternatives and therefore, cannot make specific recommendations on trail rerouting where the alternative routes have not been duly evaluated.


Respectfully submitted,  

Debbie Dineen, Conservation Coordinator

Jody Kablack, Director of Planning and Community Development

I. William Place, Director of Public Works



Monday, November 23, 2009

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