Purpose. This policy is established to protect, conserve and enhance the natural resources of the Town of Wiscasset. The Wiscasset Conservation Commission is responsible for conducting research and giving advice that will utilize, protect and plan for the Town’s natural resources and open space. The Commission will coordinate its activities with Town boards, committees, municipal departments, the public, and other conservation bodies. The following are the duties of the Commission: A. Keep records of its meetings and activities and make an annual report to the Town. B. Conduct research, in conjunction with the planning board, into local land areas. C. Seek to coordinate the activities of conservation bodies organized for similar purposes. D. Provide assistance on environmental and conservation issues at the request of other Town boards, committees and departments. E. Keep an index of all open areas within the Town, whether publicly or privately owned, including open marshlands, swamps and other wetlands, for the purpose of obtaining information relating to the proper protection, development or use of those open areas. The Commission may recommend to the municipal officers or any municipal body or board or any body politic or public agency of the State, a program for better protection, development or use of those areas, which may include the acquisition of conservation easements. (1) Any body politic or public agency of the State conducting planning operations with respect to open areas within the Town shall notify the Conservation Commission of all plans and planning operations at least 30 days before implementing any action under that plan. Powers of the Commission. The Commission may: A. Prepare, print and distribute maps, plans and literature as needed to promote conservation and the initiatives of the Commission. B. Establish yearly priorities and report these to the Board of Selectmen. C. Obtain community input on conservation issues. D. Coordinate Commission activities with other Town boards, committees, municipal departments, and organizations. E. Represent the Town in regional and State conservation issues and activities. F. Research potential funding sources to support conservation activities in Wiscasset. G. Comment on development activities within Wiscasset. H. Develop an open space plan. I. Develop plans for the use and development of public parks, trails and outdoor recreation opportunities including public water access. J. Educate the public on matters associated with natural resources. K. Explore, prioritize and coordinate the selection of lands for easements or purchase. L. Conduct or update a natural resource inventory of the Town with an index of all publicly and privately owned environmentally important lands. M. Undertake other conservation related activities not listed here subject to Board of Selectmen approval. Committee members are: David Lieser Larry Barnes Anne Leslie Larry Lomison Dan Sortwell Any question or comments may be directed to Town Planner, Jeffrey Hinderliter (207-882-8200, ext. 106).
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