Conservation Commission supports deer herd reduction
At its Tuesday, Oct. 8 meeting, members of the Conservation Commission voted 5-0 to notify the Town Council that their group is in favor of deer herd reduction on-island.
“It [the deer population] is a huge issue,” said member Donald Littlefield. He noted the island should not be too negative, however, about the deer population and Lyme disease problem, because it could deter tourists from visiting.
Also, commissioners voted to send a recommendation to the Town Council about their proposed Tree Ordinance. The commission recommended that the ordinance should not include enforcements for trees planted on private property, but should include guidelines about where to plant so the trees do not grow into a nearby right-of-way or town road.
Previously, the commission drafted an ordinance that aims to protect Block Island’s trees by regulating the maintenance, removal and planting of trees on public property. The Town Council then asked the commission for a recommendation about trees and hedges planted on private property.
Also at the Oct. 8 meeting, the commission agreed to meet at the Town Beach on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 3 p.m. to continue its dune restoration project of installing snow fences on the beach.
The commission briefly discussed the burning of wooden pallets at beach fires, noting that there are items in the pallets, including nails and metal plates, that will not burn.
“I’m all for beach fires, but there are a lot of non-burnables in pallets,” said Comissioner Fred Leeder.
The commissioner agreed to table a decision on this matter until the next meeting.
Also tabled was a discussion about possibly unleashing Asian weevils to attack the mile-a-minute vine on Block Island.
Chair Ned Phillips and Commissioner John Hopf were absent from this meeting.