Wareham: AD Makepeace sand mining & solar 42-acre site in endangered species habitat

Priority Habitat destroyed; Makepeace leasing land to Borrego Solar for 20 years

The entire 42 acre site is identified as Priority Habitat 490 and “Priority Habitat Estimated Habitat of Rare Wildlife” by MassWildlife, Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program. AD Makepeace obliterated it by clear-cutting forest and sand mining. Nothing will grow here again in human time. MassWildlife signed off on this. All records from our Public Records Request to Mass Wildlife in 2021 are accessible to the public here.

Mass Wildlife map showing Priority Habitat 490 at the location of 42 acre strip mine and solar site.

NHESP MassWildlife: 71 Charlotte Furnace Road, Estimated Habitat of Rare Wildlife. Source: MassMapper 5/1/2022

Between 2009 and 2021, AD Makepeace clear-cut pristine forest, conducted a sand mining operation without a permit from Wareham, and built a 42 acre solar project. Makepeace is leasing the land to Borrego Solar that build the solar project.

Before AD Makepeace’s sand mining operation here, the site had varied topography up to about 71 feet; how it appears to be at 60 feet.

AD Makepeace admissions of sand mining without a permit

On November 25, 2018, the Wareham Town Engineer reported to the Wareham Planning Board “the site is in a previously worked area that has been extensively cleared for other operations”. Makepeace’s Planning Board Site Plan Review application states the solar will be built in an area extensively cleared “for other operations”. That is, Makepeace’s industrial sand mining operations, removing sand and gravel for commercial sale.

BEFORE: 2009 71 Charlotte Furnace Road Wareham, before Makepeace sand mining operation
AFTER Makepeace sand mining and solar: 71 Charlotte Furnace Road, October 2021

Mass Historic Commission signed off in 2010

What are “significant archeological sites” to Mass Historic Commission? It does not appear there was a consultation with the Wampanoag community before AD Makepeace started strip mining the site in 2010.