The state Department on Land and Natural Resources is affirming its commitment to making sure that residents drive the process for developing a plan to better manage rural Pololu Valley, which in recent years has been overrun by visitors.
“Everyone is recognizing the overuse of Pololu and the community wanting to do something about it,” said Jackson Bauer, DLNR’s Division of Forestry And Wildlife liaison with the community in a release issued last week. “We’ve been meeting with the community, many of whom are lineal descendants of Pololu, so they have deep connections to the area. Brainstorming led to the great idea for having onsite stewardship. That’s the model we always want to follow; empowering communities to lead their own initiatives.”