Conservation Commission

Michael Prisloe, Chairman
Margot Burns                                     Theodore Taigen
Richard Holloway                              Lisa Wahle
Margaret N.W. Wilson                      Kate Hair

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.

com·post (ˈkäm-ˌpōst ) n. a mixture that consists largely of decayed organic matter and is used for fertilizing and conditioning land.

As a result of Covid-19, we all are spending a lot more time at home where we’re preparing and eating a lot of our meals. Of course this means we’re also generating a lot more food waste. Rather than toss it out, now would be a great time to start composting all your vegetable waste.. With only minimal effort, you can reduce waste and create a valuable soil additive to improve your lawn and gardens.

Below are some links that you can use to find information on how to get started, how to build and use a compost bin, materials to compost and how effectively to use composted vegetable matter.

CT DEEP Composting Brochure

CT DEEP Overview of Composting

UCONN Composting Brochure


Invasive Plants – they are all around us

Invasive plants are a really big problem and a problem that is getting worse. Anywhere you go in Chester, you can find invasive plants. They’re alongside our roads, adjacent to streams and lakes and sometimes within them, in our yards and in the forest. Invasive plants often can out compete native plants and degrade natural habitats. The Conservation Commission has begun a program to help residents identify invasive plants and to develop plans to get rid of them. Over time, Commission members will prepare a series of fact sheets that describe locally occurring invasive plants, how to identify them and how to eradicate them. The Commission also is providing links to some excellent online resources about invasive plants where you can find additional information.

Fact sheets on locally occurring Invasive Plants
Tree of Heaven
• Japanese Knotweed (coming soon)

Links to Online Resources
Connecticut Invasive Plant List this is a comprehensive list of invasive plants found in CT. The list is maintained by the CONNECTICUT INVASIVE PLANT WORKING GROUP (CIPWG), a consortium of individuals, organizations, and agencies concerned with invasive plant issues.
Invasive Plants in Your Backyard this is an excellent booklet prepared the Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District. The booklet, expanded in 2020, contains information on commonly found invasive plants along with information on how to remove them from your property.

 Tree Mortality in Eastern CT: A Preliminary Report This is a report by Thomas E. Worthley, Associate Extension Professor, UConn Extension, on the recent widespread deaths of oak trees due to drought and defoliation by gypsy moth caterpillars.  Click on the report’s title to read it or to download a copy.

Protecting Chester’s Water Resources and Water Quality

Chester is fortunate to have many valuable water resources (Cedar Lake, Pattaconk Brook, Waterhouse Pond and the CT River among others) that have played an important role in the town’s history and development and that continue to provide critical natural habitats and recreational opportunities. Protecting these waters from pollution, especially polluted stormwater, is a high priority.

The town is required under CT state law to proactively work to mitigate stormwater pollution. Stormwater pollution is caused when rain or water from snow melt picks up contaminates from roads and parking lots (sand, salt, oils, metals, etc.), lawns and gardens (fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, pathogens from pet waste, etc.), construction sites (eroded soil), failing septic systems (pathogens), agriculture (fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, etc.) and carries these pollutants to water bodies.

As residents, we all can do things to lessen stormwater pollution. The links below provide quick access to some information about things you can do to help protect Chester’s water 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.

Agendas / Meetings

April 1, 2021 Agenda|Minutes

March 4, 2021 Agenda|Minutes

February 4, 2021 Agenda|Minutes

January 7, 2021 Agenda|Minutes

December 3, 2020 Agenda|Minutes

November 5, 2020 Agenda|Minutes

October 1, 2020 Agenda Minutes

September 3, 2020 Agenda|Minutes

August 6, 2020 Agenda|Cancellation

July 2 2020 Agenda | Minutes

June 6, 2020 Agenda|Agenda with Zoom|Minutes

May 7, 2020 Agenda|Minutes

April 2, 2020 Cancellation

March 5, 2020 Agenda|Minutes

January 22, 202- Agenda|Minutes

January 2, 2020 Minutes

December 5, 2019 Cancellation

November 7, 2019 Agenda|Minutes

October 3, 2019 Agenda|Minutes

September 5, 2019 Agenda|Minutes

August 4, 2019 Cancellation

July 11, 2019 Agenda

June 6, 2019 Agenda|Minutes

May 2, 2019 Agenda|Minutes

April 4, 2019 Agenda|Minutes

March 7, 2019 Agenda|Minutes

February 7, 2019 Agenda Minutes

January 3, 2019 Agenda|Minutes

December 10, 2018 Agenda| Minutes
December 6, 2018 Agenda  | Minutes
November 1, 2018 Agenda|Minutes
October 4, 2018 Agenda|Minutes
September 6, 2018 Agenda|Minutes
August 2, 2018 Agenda|Minutes
July 11, 2018 Special Meeting Agenda|Minutes
July 5, 2018 Agenda  Minutes
June 7, 2018 Agenda|Minutes
May 3, 2018 Agenda|Minutes
April 5, 2018 Agenda|Minutes
March 8, 2018 Agenda
March 1, 2018 Cancellation
February 1, 2018 Agenda|Minutes
January 4, 2018 Agenda|Cancellation


December 7 2017 Agenda|Minutes
November 2, 2017 Agenda|Minutes
October 5, 2017 Agenda|Minutes
September 7, 2017 Agenda|Minutes
August 3, 2017 Agenda|Minutes
July 6, 2017 Agenda Minutes
June 1, 2017 Agenda|Minutes
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


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


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


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


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