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Charter: The Conservation Commission of Woodstock, Connecticut was created by town ordinance "...for the purpose of the development, conservation, supervision, and regulation of natural resources, including water resources, within the town of Woodstock."  The Conservation Commission is charged with maintaining an inventory of natural resources (forests, farmlands, wetlands, and other open spaces in town); monitoring conservation easements held bythe town; formulating watershed and drought management plans; making recommendations to other municipal agencies on proposed land use and other plans for the prioritization, conservation and protection of open space, greenways and other natural resources; and supervising, as well as managing, municipally-owned open space such as forest land.

Town government cannot and should not try to do everything that is needed to preserve our way of life and our open spaces. It must find effective ways to coordinate the technical and financial resources offered by private organizations, state agencies and local volunteers. Our keys to success are a shared vision of the future, action by the community, and individual responsibility. The Conservation Commission seeks to cooperate with other town organizations, residents and interested parties on town planning and our efforts to maintain and enhance the character of Woodstock.

Commission Members are: Crystal Adamsr; Peter Garrison; Hope Hartland (Alternate); Grace Jacobson - Secretary and Treasurer; Jim Kaeding - Chair; Bill Loftus; Jean Pillo - Vice Chair; Maura Robie; Lee Wesler; Russ Wilmot; and Bet Zimmerman - webmaster. The Conservation Commission currently Fall leaves. Photo by E Zimmermanhas several openings for members or alternates. If you are interested in environmental issues, wish to help work towards maintaining and improving the quality of life in Woodstock, and are a registered voter in the Town of Woodstock, please contact the Chair of the Commission. You can also contact the Town Selectman's Office for a simple application form ([860] 928-0208 or selectmen@townofwoodstock.com). We will provide training. All that we require is an interest in helping to shape the future of Woodstock and a willingness to help work toward that end. The Commission meets once a month, usually on the fourth Monday of the month (meeting schedules and minutes are available at the Town Hall, and agendas and minutes are on the Town of Woodstock website.)  Meetings are open to the public. Learn more about what we do. To contact us, send mail to: Conservation Commission, Woodstock Town Hall, 415 Route 169, Woodstock, CT 06281.  Town Clerk: (860) 928-6595.

This website contains information on a variety of topics, including: Open Space and Conservation; Natural Resources Inventory; Wetlands and Water Resources; Agricultural Resources; Forestry and Wildlife; Aesthetic, Cultural and Historic Resources; and Other Information.  Check out the links below, use the pulldown menu at the top of the page, or use the search tool at the bottom of this page to find what you are looking for.

Foggy morning.  Photo by Paul Wilbur

PLAN OF OPEN SPACE AND CONSERVATION

Map of land use in Woodstock

NATURAL RESOURCES INVENTORY

  • Conservation: General information.
  • Maps: Resources maps prepared by the Conservation Commission using the Geographic Information System (GIS).
  • Natural Resource Inventory: Information about natural resources in our town.

lily pond. Photo by Bet Zimmerman.

WETLANDS AND WATER RESOURCES

Barn. Photo by Bet Zimmerman.

AGRICULTURAL RESOURCES

Bluebird. Photo by Wendell Long.

FOREST AND WILDLIFE RESOURCES

Day lilies.  Photo by Bet Zimmerman.

AESTHETIC, HISTORIC AND RECREATIONAL RESOURCES

Entering Woodstock

OTHER INFORMATION

  • Energy Conservation: tips to reduce use and costs
  • Clean Energy: options and links
  • Greening Your Business: Conservation ideas for small or large businesses that can save money
  • Links: Useful links to other related town committees, land trusts, etc.
  • NEMO Project (Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials): The Conservation Commission is receiving assistance under the NEMO Project on linkages between land use and preservation of water quality.
  • News: Updates, upcoming events, conservation news.
  • Recycling and the Woodstock Transfer Station: General information about recycling, the layout of the transfer station and what they can and can't accept.
  • Search this website.
  • Site Index: Alphabetical list of topics on this website.
  • Transfer Station Layout: How the town transfer station is laid out, hours of operation, what they can accept.
  • Woodstock: Conservation-related information about Woodstock, CT.
Conservation Commission
Conservation is humanity caring for the future.
- Nancy Newhall