Plymouth MA: AD Makepeace earth removal disguised as agriculture

“a significant net loss that constitutes damage to the environment”

MassAudubon, 2013

Once again, claiming this was a necessary agricultural project, AD Makepeace is strip mining 6.5 million cubic yards off 136 acres in Plymouth MA. Part of the project was to redo the water irrigation for cranberry bogs and allegedly improve water quality in the Wankinko River. Whether the water quality ever improved is unknown. Almost 200 acres of rare, untouched Pine Barrens forest was obliterated forever. Irreplaceable habitats are gone.

There was no proven agricultural need to strip mine 135 acres of globally rare Pine Barrens ecosystem to improve bog irrigation or even build a bog. The status of this project is unknown but aerial maps show the area has been obliterated. The agricultural project was suspended in about 2018 but AD Makepeace kept strip mining and removing earth.

AD Makepeace strip mine site Tihonet Road on Frogfoot Reservoir, Plymouth MA c. 2021

The Town of Plymouth permit is here.


Outrageously, the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs of Massachusetts MEPA office approved this claiming the project was “unlikely to cause no Damage to the Environment.” Massachusetts Audubon had it right then, writing in a letter on February 6, 2013 to the state MEPA:

Clearly, the local and state regulators who are supposed to be protecting the environment weren’t doing their jobs in 2013. And they still aren’t doing their jobs in 2021. They have approved at least an addition 300 acres of strip mining and clear-cuts for AD Makepeace to profit from sand mining and solar installations. These projects include three projects approved by MEPA in 2019, known as 0 Hammond Street, 64 Farm to Market Road, and 276 Federal Road in Carver MA.

That’s why a wide network is coming together to fight for land, water and wildlife in the face of the global extinction of biodiversity, increasing pollution of our water, and loss of forests. The fight is more important than ever and it’s more important than ever to save what’s left.