Open Space Committee
Meeting Schedule: Fourth Monday of each month, 7 pm in Shelburne Town Hall , unless otherwise posted.
Next 2 meetings:
- Mon, Dec 25 at 7:00 PM -- Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85146904678 or dial 1-929-205-6099 and enter meeting ID: 851 4690 4678
- Mon, Jan 22 at 7:00 PM -- Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85146904678 or dial 1-929-205-6099 and enter meeting ID: 851 4690 4678
14 of 15 seats. 3 years each seat.
- Norman Beebe, Recreation Committee Representative.
- John Wheeler, Planning Board Representative.
- Norman Davenport, Conservation Commission Member. June, 2026.
- Carolyn Wheeler, Agricultural Commission Representative. June, 2026.
- David Schochet. 2024.
- Joan LaPierre. 2024.
- Nina Talayco. 2024.
- Larry Flaccus. 2025.
- Laurie Wheeler. 2025.
- Peggy Warwick. 2025.
- Jim Perry. 2026.
- Joel Dwight. 2026.
- Garth LaPointe. June, 2026.
- Thor Holbek. resigned.
Who we are
The Open Space Committee is an advisory body that was established by Town Meeting in May, 2005 to carry forward the recommendations of the Shelburne Open Space and Recreation plan . The Committee includes members appointed by the Selectboard for 3-year terms, and a representative appointed for one-year terms from each of the Agricultural Commission, Conservation Commission, Planning Board and Recreation Committee.
The Committee works with the Selectboard, Town Boards, other local, regional and state officials, regional farm and conservation advocacy organizations, members of the business community, landowners, farmers, and citizens on issues relative to open space preservation in Shelburne.
What is Open Space?
"Open space" is land that is undeveloped, generally without paved roads or permanent structures, and shall include, but not be limited to, land to protect existing and future well fields, aquifers and recharge areas, watershed land, agricultural land, grasslands, fields, forest land, fresh water marshes and other wetlands, river, stream, lake and pond frontage, lands to protect scenic vistas, land for wildlife or nature preserve and land for active or passive recreational use such as the use of land for community gardens, trails, and noncommercial youth and adult sports, and the use of land as a park, playground or athletic field.
What we do
The Open Space Committee carries out the action plan mandated by the Town through the Open Space and Recreation Plan adopted in 2004 and updated in 2014 by the Town. Activities include:
- Working to ensure that Shelburne sustains its small town environment characterized by general peace and quiet, clean air and water, safety from crime and vandalism, and maintains its rural character outside of Shelburne Falls while supporting infrastructure of the village;
- Working to ensure that Shelburne maintains or improves the quality of its air, drinking water, streams and other surfaces waters including the Deerfield River, and maintains and improves the quality of farm and forestlands, scenic views, and wildlife habitat through the conservation of locally important natural and open space resources;
- Working to ensure that Shelburne maintains and improves the quality and accessibility of all its recreational facilities and programming.
Open Space and Recreation Plan
An Open Space and Recreation Plan contains conservation and recreation goals for the town, and includes an inventory of cultural, natural, and recreational resources, identifies open space and recreation needs, and outlines a seven-year action plan with specific recommendations. The Shelburne Open Space and Recreation Plan was completed in 2014. Having an up-to-date plan enables the Town to apply for state grants for land conservation and recreation facility improvements.
See below for the sections of the Shelburne Open Space and Recreation Plan adopted in 2014.
- Table of Contents: Section_01-Table_of_Contents.pdf
- Introduction: Section_02-Introduction
- Community Setting: Section_03-Commuity_Setting
- Environmental Inventory and Analysis: Section_04-Environmental_Inventory_and_Analysis
- Inventory of Lands of Conservation and Recreational Interest: Section_05-Inventory_of_Lands_of_Interest
- Community Goals: Section_06-Community_Goals
- Analysis of Needs: Section_07-Analysis_of_Needs
- Goals and Objectives: Section_08-Goals_and_Objectives
- Seven Year Action Plan: Section_09-Seven_Year_Action_Plan
- Public Comments: Section_10-Public_Comments
- Zoning Map (2008): 2008 Zoning Map
- Regional Context Map: Regional Context Map
- Cultural Inventory Map: Cultural Inventory Map
- Map of Existing Farms and Agricultural Resources:Map of Farms and Agricultural Resources
- Natural Resources Inventory Map: Natural Resources Inventory
- Developable Soils and Development Constraints Map: Developable Soils Map
- Land Use Suitability Map: Land Use Suitability Map
- Protected Open Space Map: Protected Open Space Map
- Protected Open Space Map with parcel lines shown: Protected Open Space Map showing parcel lines
- Seven Year Action Plan Map: Seven Year Action Plan Map 2014-2021
Hiking and Walking in Shelburne
- Village walk covering interesting trees, historical buildings and places of note: Village Walking Tour
- Hiking Trails in and around Shelburne for all abilities: Shelburne Hiking Trails
- Easy walking trails demonstrating forest management: Wooded Loop Trails
- Mohican-Mohawk Trail - Franklin Land Trust Trailhead: Mohican-Mohawk Trail - FLT
- Stone Fire Tower Trail Map Stone Fire Tower Trail Map
- Mohican-Mohawk Trail (Shelburne sections) Mohican-Mohawk Trail Shelburne Section
- Mass Audubon High Ledges Map 2022 High Ledges Map
Invasive Species - Identification and Management
Invasive plants and insects can destroy local and regional ecosystems, including their suitability as wildlife habitat. Learn how you can identify and control invasive species on your property.
- Invasive Plant & Insect Species - Brochure Invasives Brochure
Links to Land Planning Websites
- Shelburne Chapter 61 Lands Policy Chapter 61 Review Procedures
- 2007 Changes to Chapter 61 – Fact Sheet (pdf-44kb)
- Chapter 61: Taxation of Forest Land: www.mass.gov/legis/laws/mgl/61-1.htm
- Chapter 61A: Taxation of Agricultural Land: www.mass.gov/legis/laws/mgl/61a-1.htm
- Chapter 61B: Taxation of Recreational Land: www.mass.gov/legis/laws/mgl/61b-1.htm
Community Preservation Act
- Chapter 44b: Community Preservation Act: www.mass.gov/legis/laws/mgl/44b-1.htm
- Information on Conservation restrictions:www.mass.gov/envir/dcs/restrictions/default.htm
- Massachusetts Reference Manual on Conservation Restrictions:www.mass.gov/envir/dcs/pdf/restrictions.pdf
- Land Conservation Options:http://masswoods.net/future-my-land/land-conservation-options
Land conservation and estate planning tools
- Deciding the Future of My Land:http://masswoods.net/future-my-land
- Keystone Forestry Management Program:http://masskeystone.net/
Area Land Trusts
- Franklin Land Trust: Franklin Land Trust
- Hilltown Land Trust: Hilltown Land Trust
- Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust: Mt. Grace Land Trust
- Kestrel Land Trust: Kestrel Land Trust
- ACORN Cooperative Resource Network:http://www.massacorn.net/
- Conservation Assessment and Prioritization System: CAPS tools
- Mon, Dec 4, 2023 at 07:00 PM -- Town Hall
- Mon, Nov 27, 2023 at 07:00 PM -- Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85146904678 or dial 1-929-205-6099 and enter meeting ID: 851 4690 4678
- Mon, Oct 23, 2023 at 07:00 PM -- Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85146904678 or dial 1-929-205-6099 and enter meeting ID: 851 4690 4678
- Tue, Oct 10, 2023 at 06:30 PM -- Town Offfice Meeting Room In-person meeting - Masks recommended but not required
- Mon, Sep 25, 2023 at 07:00 PM -- Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85146904678 or dial 1-929-205-6099 and enter meeting ID: 851 4690 4678
- Mon, Aug 28, 2023 at 07:00 PM -- Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85146904678 or dial 1-929-205-6099 and enter meeting ID: 851 4690 4678
- Mon, Jul 24, 2023 at 07:00 PM -- Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85146904678 or dial 1-929-205-6099 and enter meeting ID: 851 4690 4678
- Mon, Jun 26, 2023 at 07:00 PM -- Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85146904678 or dial 1-929-205-6099 and enter meeting ID: 851 4690 4678
- Tue, May 30, 2023 at 07:00 PM -- Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84948567505?pwd=WmMyNmx3MEVwNUZaM3NhcmVFNkJvZz09 or dial +1 646 558 8656 and enter Meeting ID: 849 4856 7505 and Passcode: 898109
- Mon, Apr 24, 2023 at 07:00 PM -- Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85146904678 or dial 1-929-205-6099 and enter meeting ID: 851 4690 4678
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