Conservation Commission

Agendas & Minutes

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

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Initiatives & Activities

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

Open Space Planning

  • Develop an Open Space Plan based on POCD 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

  • Salt Island Overlook
    • Control invasive plants
    • Restore coastal forest
  • Salt Island
    • Protect coastal bird nesting sites
    • Stabilize erosion caused by coastal storms
  • Horse Hill Woods
    • Parking area of storm Sandy damage
  • Horse Hill Gorge
    • Identify, develop parking area
  • Chapman Mill Pond
    • Clear and fill ruts on emergency road
    • Design parking area
    • Protect lake water quality
    • Protect vernal pools
  • Stannard Woods
    • Post No Hunting/Motorized Vehicle signs
  • Town Forest
    • Work with Forest Commission on curbing all-terrain vehicle (ATV) use
  • Continue efforts to curb ATV and other motorized vehicle use on Town owned Open Space Lands
  • Maintenance of Open Space Trails
    • Clear damage from storm Sandy
    • Update trail marking
    • Utilize GPS for mapping and posting on Town website

Organize Community Groups to Assist with Open Space Management

  • Formation of a "Friends of Westbrook's Barrier Islands" Group to assist Commission, DEEP and U.S. Fish and Wildlife to manage Salt Island, Duck Island, and Menunketesuck Island all severely eroded by Hurricane Sandy
  • Implement cooperative agreement with Oxford Academy to control invasive plants on Salt Island Overlook

Environmental Education

  • Management of native plantings in Mulvey River Bank Restoration and Environmental Education Project Area
  • Sponsor/conduct invasive plant workshops

Research & Advisory 

Perform research and advisory recommendations for Town Land Use Commissions

Partnerships with Other Agencies

  • Partner with municipal, state, federal and regional agencies to manage town and regional natural resources; including:
    • Adopt-a-Spot
    • Connecticut River Estuary RPA
    • DEEP
    • Garden Club
    • Planning and Inland Wetland Commissions
    • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Stuart B. McKinney Wildlife National Refuge

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

Public comment is permitted at the start  of each meeting. 


Members
Party
Term Expires
Martin Marx
(D) CH
10/01/2020
Sheriden Bauman
(U)
10/01/2019
Richmond Bell
(D)
10/01/2019
Michael Oryl
(R)
10/01/2019
John Rie
(U)
10/01/2020

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