Volunteers sought for Conservation Commission

Press Release:  Aug 18, 2014

The Shelburne Conservation Commission is looking for town residents interested in helping to protect the town’s natural resources.  The Commission consists of five members appointed by the Selectboard.  There currently is a vacancy for a three-year term. 

The Commission’s charge is to protect and preserve the natural resources of the town and enforce the protection of wetlands.  It reviews and approves work that may affect a river, stream or wetland in Shelburne.  Anyone planning to do work within 100 feet of a wetland, 200 feet of a river or stream, or any area that may cause additional runoff into a wetland, river or stream must obtain prior approval by the Commission.  

“It’s our role to see that Shelburne’s natural resources are protected when development is proposed,� said Norman Davenport, chairman of the Commission.  “We are responsible for administering the Massachusetts Wetland Protection Act, and we try to help landowners understand and meet the requirements of the Act.�

The Commission meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM at Memorial Hall.  Site visits are conducted for proposed work that requires its review. 

Individuals interested in being considered for appointment to the Commission should submit a letter stating his or her interest and qualifications.  Letters should be sent to the Shelburne Conservation Commission, 51 Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370, or emailed to Concomm@townofshelburne.com.