Triangle of land is a "wetland resource area" (Connecticut River on left)
So this unfortunate incident of clear cutting trees without permission and then saying it was all a terrible misunderstanding reminds me of the regrettable incident at UMass a few years back when a contractor demolished the historic old Trolley Station thinking it was all approved.
Or the Thomas Becket affair when old King Henry asked a little too loudly, "Who will rid me of the meddlesome priest?" And some of his henchmen did so, thinking they were doing the King a favor.
Pretty much the first thing you see when entering Hadley coming off the Calvin Coolidge Bridge is this swath of property with nothing on it now but an abandoned gas station. And until recently the next thing you saw was the rotting remains of the Aqua Vitae restaurant.
It looked pretty lousy three months ago, and today with the clear cut trees scattered about horizontally, it still looks pretty lousy. Although removing the old Aqua Vitae building was a huge step in the right direction.
I'm told there were at least a half-dozen trees that were in good shape and did not deserve to die.
Hadley has a right to be pissed over Pride President Robert Bolduc ignoring a Conservation Commission order to leave the darn trees alone. Don't mess with a volunteer commission in a tight knit farm community like Hadley.
So assess a fine on Mr. Bolduc for a couple thousand per healthy tree whacked, make him replant a bunch more (some of them sizable) to replace the slaughtered ones, and allow the site to be cleaned up and construction of something nicer to commence.
It is as after all, Hadley's front yard.