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Salem selectmen approve purchase of conservation land

SALEM — The entrance to the town on Veterans Memorial Parkway looks to remain green for the foreseeable future.

Earlier this week, selectmen approved the purchase of 8.75-acres of land along the road by the Conservation Commission.

The $15,300 for the purchase comes from Conservation Commission funds raised through a land use change tax, according to Conservation Commission Chairman William Dumont. Overall, there is about $330,000 in the conservation fund, according to Town Manager Keith Hickey.

The purchase of the land from Dr. Karen Crowley ensures that it will remain conservation land.

“It is protecting wetlands, protecting a scenic area, and I just think that it is good for the town,” said Dumont.

The land is primarily wetland, is across from the Ingram Senior Center, and abuts other conservation land in the area.

“We are trying to keep Veterans Parkway with trees on both sides, and this meets that goal of keeping (the area) undeveloped,” said Selectman Everett McBride.

Selectman Stephen Campbell asked about a report that shows two areas of debris on the property and whether that debris will be cleaned up by the town or current property owners.

Dumont said the debris is primarily cut trees, branches, and some bricks and concrete and that there is no hazardous material in the debris. He said the town will be responsible for the clean up.

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