NEW COMMISSION MEMBER NEEDED
The Commission is currently looking for a new Commissioner, due to an upcoming vacancy. Candidates should have interest, expertise or experience in conservation, environmental protection, or relevant aspects of land-use planning, and should also be willing to attend training sessions to gain relevant knowledge in a timely fashion and remain current. The Mass. Association of Conservation Commissioners (“MACC”) offers training classes, which are paid for by the Town.
The Commission is particularly interested in candidates with backgrounds in lake and pond management, conservation land management, hydrology, botany, engineering, biology, and/or environmental education.
Although there are no age, citizenship, or training requirements for this volunteer position, a candidate must be a registered voter in Foxborough.
Candidates must be able to commit to attending the Commission’s Monday evening meetings (usually held every other week at 7 PM in Town Hall), as well as site visits.
If you would like to apply for appointment to the Conservation Commission, please fill out a Request for Committee Appointment form (link, above) by February 4th and submit it to Amanda Smith at ASmith@foxboroughma.gov
The Commission will review submitted applications, interview candidates, and make recommendations to the Board of Selectmen, who will appoint the new Commissioner.
Thank you in advance for your assistance!
CONSERVATION COMMISSION'S MISSION STATEMENT:
The Foxborough Conservation Commission is dedicated to conserving, protecting, and preserving the ecological integrity of Foxborough’s wetlands and natural resources for the common good.
Established in 1961, the Commission is responsible for managing 2,000 +/- acres of land and waterbodies for open space and conservation purposes, accepting gifts of land and money for conservation purposes, acquiring grant money for town acquisition of open space, providing environmental education, advising other town boards about environmental concerns, and administering the Massachusetts Wetland Protection Act (M.G.L. Ch. 131, S. 40) and the Foxborough Wetlands Protection Bylaw (Code of Foxborough, Ch. 267).
OPEN SPACE & RECREATION PLAN UPDATE
The Open Space Committee is currently working on the Update of Foxborough's Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP), which expired July 31st. If you would like to help with the 2018 OSRP update, please contact Jane Pierce (email address, above). We appreciate any help you can give!
An OSRP is an important planning guideline that
- Qualifies the town of Foxborough to apply for various State grant programs;
- Identifies residents’ overall goals for the Town’s open space and recreation resources; and
- Recommends strategies for development that will support these goals.
Paper copies of the current (2011-2018) OSRP are available at the Boyden Library, Conservation Office in Town Hall, and digitally, on this website.
USE THIS SITE TO FIND:
This site has been created as a resource tool; it contains meeting agendas and minutes (automatic notification is available; see Foxborough home page), important environmental updates and other information, including:
Meeting Dates and Filing Deadlines
If you're proposing a project that will need a wetland permit, please refer to this list first.
Wetland Application Forms & Instructions
This link provides downloadable wetland applications and instructions including NOIs, RFDs, ANRADs, filing fees and more. We ask that you use these forms, rather than downloading forms from the State DEP.
Conservation Land Information
Information about Foxborough's 2,000+/- acres of conservation land and waterbodies, including:
Guide to Foxborough's Conservation Land and Open Spaces
Rules and Regulations
Important Alert for ATV Owners
KNOW THE FACTS! Effective February 2011, legislation signed in August of 2010 (Ch. 202 of the Acts of 2010), brings significant changes to Massachusetts off road recreation vehicle laws.
Not knowing the laws is no excuse for breaking them!
Open Space & Recreation Plan
An Open Space and Recreation Plan (Plan) is a critical tool, since Towns with up-to-date Open Space and Recreation Plans are more likely to receive State grant monies. Without a current OSRP, Foxborough does not qualify for State grant programs. Although currently working on an update to the plan, the 2011-2018 plan expired on July 31st, so the Commission would appreciate residents' help.
This page was created to guide anyone, particularly scouts, who are interested in helping us preserve and enhance Foxborough's many conservation areas. The Commission relies upon (and appreciates) volunteers' help with the countless tasks that are required to maintain our conservation areas in great condition for all of our residents' enjoyment.
Foxborough’s Vernal Pools and Wildlife
Information about's rare species, vernal pools, wildlife, invasive species issues (plants and bug pests) and ID guides, as well as other topics that may be of interest to residents. If you have any requests, or ideas about the content of this section, please send us an email... we'd love to hear from you!
Lakefront Living Tips
Created to help waterfront property owners with the many environmental challenges they face. Learn the facts so you can help clean up our waterbodies. Knowledge is power!
Landscaping, Native Plants
Find out how you can help our native wildlife and pollinators, and also clean up our waterbodies, simply by landscaping with native plants. Native plants are easy to care for and good for the environment!
Useful Website Links
Includes a website resource library with links to sites that we have found to be useful and informative.
The Conservation Department has been working on a FaceBook page, which is a work in progress, so please bear with us!
Find Out "What’s New"
Find important news and information about updates to environmental issues, such as invasive (plants and animal) species news, and new, proposed, or revised State, Town and Federal environmental policies, procedures, laws and/or regulations.
Preserving Your Land
While it is easy to find people who can help you sell your property, it's not always easy to find someone who will help you preserve your family land. This link connects you to the website of Steven Small, trusted and referred to by land trusts and conservation commissions alike.
Friends of Foxborough Conservation
The Friends of Foxborough Conservation group orchestrated the recently built Lane Learning Center. If you would like to volunteer to help the Conservation Commission, please become a member of the Friends group; a link to their FaceBook page is our the What's New page.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Use this page as a quick-reference guide to commonly asked questions about the Conservation Commission, state and local laws, wildlife and other subjects.
Please Give Us Your Feedback
Please let us know if you have found this site to be helpful, hard to use, or otherwise. If you have any suggestions about how we might make this site more useful, please send us an email... we are interested in hearing from you! Thank you in advance for your input.
For more information, or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact Conservation Agent Jane Sears Pierce (508-431-1251) or firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s Your Land… ENJOY IT!