Og­den wants to man­age Mar­ling­ton Bog

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Vic­to­ria Vanier

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.

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