April 07, 2020
Letter

Preserve Quarry Hill

The citizens of Waldoboro have an extraordinary opportunity on Nov. 7, to vote to protect Quarry Hill for future generations. A “yes” vote on Article 3 will ensure that this 300-plus-acre property remains open to the public for traditional use, including hunting and snowmobiling. As our town develops, there will be less and less land that is open to these activities.

Under terms of the easement, the town will continue to own this property, and the town will have the right to manage it. It will not be developed beyond trails and possible timber harvesting and agriculture.

The latter activities could generate modest income for the town.

Protecting Quarry Hill will not change taxes in Waldoboro since the entire property is already owned by the town. Neighboring towns are realizing the importance of saving land for the future enjoyment of

townspeople, and these communities are protecting hundreds, even thousands of acres through conservation easements.

This is a way to preserve our traditional access to undeveloped land. It won’t cost us a nickel, and our grandchildren will thank us for doing this. Go visit this property, which is on Depot Street a short distance from Route 1, and you will see how truly beautiful it is.

Vote “yes” on the conservation plan for Quarry Hill Farm.

Steve Cartwright

Waldoboro


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