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The Conservation Commission is the Town body responsible for protecting Westford's natural resources. It is also responsible for the administration of the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and Westford's Wetlands Bylaw.
The Commission's chief responsibilities are administering the State Wetlands Protection Act and local non-zoning wetlands bylaw, which primarily entails review of projects proposed to take place within 100 feet of wetlands to protect the important benefits and resource values provided by wetlands, and acquiring and managing land for the protection of the natural resources and watersheds of the town. The Commission has over 2,100 acres of town owned land in its care and custody, and is also responsible for overseeing compliance with 67 permanent Conservation Restrictions on over 1,700 acres of land. The Commission also has responsibility for overseeing the management of the facilities at East Boston Camps and the Hill Orchard.
The Commission has 1 full-time staff person, Carol Gumbart, Conservation/Resource Planner, and 1 part-time staff person, Danielle Evans, Assistant Planner to assist it in its tasks. If you have any questions regarding the Commission's work, please call 978-692-5524.
Open Space & Recreation Plan Update
The Town's 2010-2015 Open Space and Recreation Plan (PDF) is expired at the end of January 2015. Having an updated Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP) approved by the state is very important as it qualifies the Town to apply for a number of grant programs that can assist it in meeting its goals. The OSRP update will be a joint effort of the Conservation Commission and Recreation Commission with Danielle Evans (Assistant Planner), Carol Gumbart (Conservation/Resource Planner), and Pat Savage (Director of Parks and Recreation Department) providing technical support.
Public forums will be held as well as an online survey administered to solicit citizen input. Town boards and commissions will also participate in review and comment on drafts of the OSRP during its progress.
The OSRP presents background and a framework for planning and decision making regarding the Town's open space and recreation needs. It contains a host of interesting information regarding the Town and its cultural and natural history. The major components of the Plan include:
- A review and analysis of Westford' natural, cultural and recreational resources
- Goals and objectives for open space and recreation planning
- A 5-year action plan
- An appendix containing lists of flora and fauna, a list of permanently protected open space, a list of privately held open space, a list of town-owned recreation facilities, and a Section 504 review of Westford recreation facilities
The goals identified in the current 2010-2015 OSRP include:
- Protection of Westford's ground and surface water resources;
- Protection and enhancement of the town's extensive trail system;
- Protection and management of Westford's remaining open spaces and natural resources;
- Protection of Westford's unique community character; and
- Management and expansion of Westford's existing recreational facilities and programs