Conservation Commission

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agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes | View Agendas and Minutes From 2014 and Older

Initiatives & Activities

The Westbrook Conservation Commission currently has several Open Space initiatives and different activities, including the following areas.

Open Space Planning

Stream in Forest


  • Develop an Open Space Plan based on the Plan of Conservation and Development Open Space Vision

  • Identify and prioritize lands essential for protecting water resources, establishment of greenways, and watershed management

  • Link open spaces with greenways and trails, locally and regionally





Open Space Management

  • Tom ODell Memorial Open Space

https://www.zip06.com/news/20210930/tom-odell-memorial-open-space-and-meadow-walk-dedication-ceremony

  • Control invasive plants
  • Restore coastal forest

TOMOS dedication

SIO purple flowers


  • Salt Island

Salt Island


Salt Island with dwelling early 1900s

Salt Island early 1900's.  Photo courtesy of Westbrook Historical Society

https://westbrookct.us/245/Westbrook-Historical-Society

  • Protect coastal bird nesting sites
  • Stabilize erosion caused by coastal storms


  • Horse Hill Woods

https://www.courant.com/hc-news-marteka-horse-hill-woods-20180616-story.html

Eggs in vernal pool

  1. Replace trail markers


  • Horse Hill Gorge

Horse Hill Gorge

  • Identify, develop parking area


  • Chapman Mill Pond

Chapman Mill Pondhttps://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-marteka-chapman-mill-pond-0604-20170602-story.html

  • Protect lake water quality
  • Protect vernal pools


  • Stannard Woods

Stannard Woods Open Space

  • A small pox cemetery is located on the property.  You can find the the grave marker of Peter Stannard (10/30/1731- 8/3/1778) who served as a private in Captain Nathan Saltonstall's company of matross as coast guard in 1776.  There are three field stones marking the graves of the children of Peter S. Stannard.  The trail can be found on Peter's Trail off Toby Hill Road.
  • Town Forest

Town Forest sign


Environmental Education

Management of native plantings in Mulvey River Bank Restoration and Environmental Education Project Area, which is located behind the Mulvey Municipal Building at 866 Boston Post Road.

Patchogue River behind Mulvey

  • Sponsor/conduct invasive plant and pollinator pathway workshops

Research & Advisory 

Perform research and advisory recommendations for Town Land Use Commissions

Partnerships with Other Agencies


Toby Hill VIII - photo by Doug White

Toby Hill VIII photo by Doug White

All Board meetings except for Executive Sessions are open to the public.

Members
Party
Term Expires
Molly Bernstein
(D) CH
10/01/2022
Sheridan Bauman
(U)
10/01/2022
Christopher Bazinet
(R)
10/01/2022
Richmond Bell
(D)
10/01/2022
Martin Marx
(D)
10/01/2023
Steve Bergeron(R)




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