Conservation Commission

Michael Prisloe, Chairman
Margot Burns
Richard Holloway
Margaret N.W. Wilson
Patrick Woomer

Theodore Taigen

 

This commission consists of seven members appointed by the Board of Selectmen. The commission’s responsibilities include development and maintenance of an open space inventory for the town, which was completed last year. The commission may also inventory and study the town’s natural resources and make recommendations to other town boards, commissions, and officials concerning the conservation and best uses of these resources.

An Energy Plan for Chester

A quick update – a Conservation Commission subcommittee, with interested volunteer members having expertise in energy conservation and renewable energy, has been working to develop a comprehensive energy plan for Chester. The goal is to develop a framework to help the town and residents save energy and where possible use renewable energy. We hope to have the plan completed by early spring.

Here’s a link to an excellent Home Energy Resource Guide that may be of interest. We’ll continue to post material here as we discover it.

Chester Open Space Plan

Over the past several years, various commissions have recommended that a plan for the conservation of open space in Chester be developed and implemented. To prepare such a plan, the Chester Conservation Commission held discussions in 1997 and 1998 with town boards, agencies, and other groups concerned with land use in Chester. Furthermore, to gain input from townspeople not in these organizations, the Conservation Commission conducted a survey via the town newsletter. The strong response supported the development of this plan to protect Chester’s open space.

This document is intended to be a guide for the acquisition as well as the preservation of open space and natural resources in town. It is presented to assist the selectmen and various commissions involved with land use planning, as well as for landowners and developers who are contemplating changes in land use.

Chester Open Space Plan

Where have all the bats gone?

Last August, the Chester Conservation Commission co-hosted an informational regional meeting at the Chester Meeting House about the die-off of bats that is happening around the world. Suzanne Haig from the Deep River Land Trust has written a short article that summarizes what was reported at the meeting and discusses how land trusts in the region can collaborate to address this and other problems extending beyond the borders of our individual towns.

 

Agendas / Meetings

2016

May 4, 2017 Agenda|Minutes

April 6, 2017 Agenda|

March 1, 2017 Agenda|Minutes

February 2, 2017 Agenda|Minutes

January 5, 2017 Agenda|Minutes

December 14 2016 Special Meeting Agenda|Minutes

December 7, 2016 Cancellation

November 2, 2016 Cancellation

October 4, 2016 Agenda\Minutes

September 7, 2016 Agenda|Minutes

August 3, 2016 Minutes
July 6, 2016 Agenda|Minutes
June 1, 2016 Agenda|Minutes
May 4, 2016 Agenda|Minutes
April 6, 2016 Agenda|Minutes
March 2, 2016 Agenda|Minutes
February 3, 2016 Revised Cancellation
February 3, 2016 Cancellation

2015

January 6, 2016 Agenda|Minutes, December 2, 2015 Agenda|Minutes, November 4, 2015 Agenda|Minutes, October 7 2015 Agenda|Minutes, September 2, 2015 Agenda|Minutes, August 5, 2015 Agenda|Minutes, July 1, 2015 Agenda|Cancellation, June 3, 2015 Agenda|Minutes, May 6, 2015 Agenda|Minutes, April 1, 2015 Agenda|Minutes, March 4, 2015 Agenda, February 4, 2015 Cancellation, January 7, 2015 Agenda|Minutes

2014

December 3, 2014 Agenda|Minutes, November 5, 2014 Agenda|Minutes, October 1, 2014 Agenda|Minutes, September 3, 2014 Agenda|Minutes , August 6, 2014 Cancelled, July 2, 2014 Agenda|Minutes, June 4 2014 Agenda|Minutes, May 7, 2014 Agenda|Cancellation, April 2, 2014 Agenda, March 5, 2014 Agenda | Minutes, February 5, 2014 Agenda|Minutes|Corrected Minutes, January 8, 2014 Agenda\ , Minutes

2013

December 4, 2013 Agenda | Minutes, November 6, 2013 Agenda, October 2, 2013 Agenda, August 7, 2013 Agenda | Minutes, July 3, 2013 AgendaMinutes, June 5, 2013 Agenda, May 1, 2013 Agenda | Minutes, April 3, 2013 Agenda | Minutes, March 6, 2013 Agenda|Minutes, February 6 CANCELLED

2012

Agenda 120512|Minutes, November 7 CANCELLED, October 3, 2012 Agenda|Minutes, Sept. 5, 2012 Cancellation, Agenda | August 01, 2012, July 11, 2012, June 06, 2012, May 02, 2012, April 03, 2012, February 01, 2012