Ogden wants to manage Marlington Bog
During Ogden’s September meeting, the council decided to seek negotiations with the Nature Conservancy of Canada to take over the lease of the Marlington Bog, about thirty acres of rare wetlands which is home to a variety of rare plant, animal and insect species. After the land was donated to the Nature Conservancy of Canada by Joel Andress roughly twenty-five years ago, it was managed by Conservation Elliandress, a group of volunteers. (Elliandress is a combination of Elliot, in memory of Albert Elliot who worked with Joel Andress to preserve the bog, and Andress.)
“There are only a few members left in the Elliandress group so the town would like to take over the lease, but it’s not a done deal,” said Ogden mayor Michael Sudlow. A town Environment Committee would look after the day to day management of the bog, dealing with groups of naturalists and maintaining the boardwalks. The site, which is not easily accessed, is not open to the public at all times. If the town is successful in taking over the lease, people interested in touring the bog will have to call the Town Hall to arrange visiting hours with a guide.
There were a few citizens at the meeting with questions about short-term rentals, one of this year’s hot topics with the explosion of ‘airbnb’ type rentals. “There have been complaints about too many people staying in a house, people going too fast in boats, which is not our jurisdiction,” said Mr. Sudlow. The town passed a by-law earlier in the year regarding the short term rental of property, but the law won’t affect anyone who was leasing out a property prior to its adoption. “If they’ve done it in the past, they can continue to do it; they have acquired the right to do it,” he added.
Ogden’s beautification project continues this fall with the planting of one thousand daffodils near the one hundred crabapple trees that were planted last year. Volunteers are needed for this activity which will take place on November 5th.