Conservation Commission

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You have reached the Conservation Commission webpage.

To learn more about current conservation and environmental issues - including planting guides, watershed management, stormwater considerations, open space planning, local wildlife and more - please explore the links on our Topics, Information & News and Watershed Information page.

Read below to learn more about Conservation Commission membership and meetings.

Organizational Oversight

The Conservation Commission was formally organized in July 1973 by a vote of the Common Council. The seven regular members and three alternate members are appointed by the Mayor for five year terms.

The Conservation Commission is responsible for maintaining an inventory of natural resources throughout the city and for guiding the development and conservation of our natural resources. The Conservation Commission maintains an index of public and private open areas and make recommendations about the development of such areas.

The Commission functions as a non-regulatory advisory board to the Planning Commission and Zoning Commission. The Conservation Commission also works to encourage "green" practices and educate the public on conservation and environmental issues.

In September 1973, the Common Council appointed the members of the Conservation Commission to also act in the capacity as the Inland Wetland Agency.

View a list of Conservation Commission members.

Additional Information

Further information concerning the Conservation Commission and its responsibilities may be found by contacting the Conservation Office at (203) 854-7744.


The Conservation Commission meets as the Inland Wetlands Agency twice a month. As needed, non-Inland Wetland topics are discussed at these meetings. Occasionally, the Conservation Commission will hold special meetings to discuss non-regulatory conservation issues.