“ATV impacts include noise disturbance, damage to vegetation, increased runoff, soil erosion, and degradation of water quality. Wildlife also suffer from all of these impacts. Unfortunately, when ATVs leave trails…and there is extensive evidence that this occurs…these impacts to wildlife are even worse.”
-Kevin Chlad – Adirondack Council Director of Government Relations
June 30, 2020
From: Plymouth Residents and members of
Plymouth-based Environmental Non-Profits*
To: The Plymouth Board of Select Persons
Re: Natural Resource Officers
It is fitting that a town of this size, and ecological significance, should have staff devoted to promoting and protecting its natural environment.
It is a source of pride that, in Plymouth, Marine and Environmental Affairs (DMEA) is a separate division, highlighting their importance and unique mission.
And it is revealing that, since achieving divisional status, the DMEA has been cited and rewarded on numerous occasions by regional, state and federal organizations for their foresight, innovation, management and restoration of the town’s bountiful natural resources.
Who better then to enforce laws meant to protect those resources – and the citizens of this community living adjacent to our water, woods and wildlands – than the men and women of this department and, specifically, its Natural Resource Officers.
The NRO are in the woods, and the fields, and along the shorelines of this community every day, anticipating threats to those resources, monitoring the condition of our woods and waters, and doing their best to interdict those with callous disregard for the fragility of the environment, the rights of homeowners, and the law.
It is both an efficient use of their time and a logical use of their training to provide them with the authority to fully protect our natural resources.
With all due respect to the Plymouth Police Department, we the undersigned urge the Board of Select Persons to reconsider their vote of June 23, 2020, and to confer upon the Natural Resource Officers of Plymouth the status of “constable.”
Giving the NRO the status of constables is common sense. Giving the NRO the status of constables does not unnecessarily burden other public safety resources. Giving the NRO the status of constables puts enforcement of these specific regulations in the hands of professionals trained to do just that.
The Friends of Ellisville Marsh, Inc.
Southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance
Explore Natural Plymouth
Save The County Woodlot
Frank Werny, Hickorywood
Charlotte Emery Russell, Long Pond Road
Brian Harrington, Valley Road
Martha Sheldon, Valley Road
Diane Peck, Overlook Road
David Peck, Overlook Road
Eric Cody, Lookout Point Road
Christine Cody, Lookout Point Road
Frank Mand, Chilton Street
Sharl Heller, Chilton Street
Peter Briggs, Gallows Pond Road
Dodie Frank, SEMPBA Board Member
Love Albrecht Howard, Long Pond Road
Bruce Howard, Long Pond Road
Malcolm MacGregor, Jordan Road
Margaret Sheehan, Rocky Pond Road
Betsy Hall, West Long Pond Road
Philip Holt, Cranberry Circle
Kathleen Holt, Cranberry Circle
Virginia Davis, Lauren Road
Linda Lancaster, Shinglewood
Anatol Zukerman, Shinglewood
Marc McGraw, Alice Mullens Way
Aileen Briggs, Long Pond Road
Judy Savage, Oar and Line Road
Dorie Stolley, Morgan Road
Cheryl King Fischer, Montrose Ave
Lisa Meeks, Red Leaf
Lois Post, Thatcher Road
Connie Melahoures, Fremont Street
Lawrence Delafield, Morgan Road
Jack Kedian, Herring Ponds Watershed Association
“I would fully support anything that would get the Board to reverse this decision. Our Homeowners Association spent more than $25,000 to install gates at the four points a power line crosses our property. Unfortunately we don’t control Savery Rd. which runs behind our house and which is constantly used as an ATV/Dirt Bike highway along with Old Sandwich Rd.”
-Great Island resident