Beacon Falls Conservation Commission
Annual Report -2012
Diane Betkoski, Chair
Conservation Commission January 2, 2013
On behalf of the Beacon Falls Conservation Commission, I am pleased to submit this 2012 Annual Report for the Beacon Falls Conservation Commission to the Board of Selectman.
I would like to sincerely thank members of the consevation commission and especially Martha Melville for their dedication and commitment to the Conservation Commission and to the Town of Beacon Falls.
The conservation commission’s mission is to protect the natural environment of Beacon Falls by monitoring the development, conservation, supervision and regulations of natural resources, including water resources within its territorial limits. The commission keeps an index of all open space areas, publicly or privately owned, including open marshlands, swamps and other wetlands. Working in conjunction with the Land Use Committee, the conservation commission advocates for the proper use of these valuable resources.
II. Commission Members:
Diane Betkoski, Chair
Noralie D’Amico, Vice-Chair
Tanya Gutiero, Secretary
Michael Bouchard, Commissioner
Jeffrey Keen, Commissioner
Eric Moranic, Commissioner
Michael Opuszynski, IWWC liaison
Martha Melville, Clerk
2011-12 Resignations Chris Bielik, Anita Goerig, Jeff Goerig, Ray Kunz , Christian Yanarella and Richard Molleur.
III. Goals and Accomplishments
1. Maintain reports on the open space parcels that are assigned to the Conservation
2. Continue to manage assigned open space
Public egress as necessary
3. Continue work on the Natural Resource Inventory Report
A primary purpose of the Natural Resource Inventory is to establish an information baseline that can enable Beacon Fall’s decision makers and land use agencies to make informed decisions regarding development, conservation, and natural resource management issues. This will be accomplished by producing a document that describes qualitatively, and to the extent possible, quantitatively, the diverse natural resources of the Town of Beacon Falls.
This document will depict the geographical location of these resources, document the importance of these resources to the citizens of the Town, identify the threats to the health and integrity of these resources, and discuss the various strategies that can be used to protect these resources.
Plan to invite a conservationist from UCONN to speak with the Conservation Commission to help advance the Town’s Natural Resource Inventory process.
4. Continue outreach activity
a. Participate in Town Events
b. Communicate Commission activity and news
c. Network and Collaborate with Town Commissions, State and Local Conservation Commissions and Environmental Agencies.
5. Investigate funding sources to support open space and greenway initiatives.
IV. Fiscal Performance*
January 1 –December 31 2012
Budget Actual Variance
Clerk fees $1,260 $ 822.50 $437.50
Operating expenses $3,000 $1954.63 $1045.37
Total $4,260 $2777.13 $1482.87
V. Volume Statistics
A. Conservation meetings - 10 meetings
B. Miscellaneous meetings
C. Educational conferences
VI) Professional Membership
VII) Future Planning
2012 has been a year for reorganizing the Conservation Commission with its first priority being to fill 6 vacant commission member positions.
To date the conservation commission has a full complement of members who are dedicated to educating the public on conservation matters, managing open space to ensure a balance of economic development, recreation enjoyment and other activity while caring for and respecting the Town’s valuable natural resources.
In closing, the Conservation Commission reviews its goals and objectives at the beginning of each year. These will be finalized at the next scheduled Conservation Commission meeting.