OPEN SPACE & RECREATION PLAN UPDATE
The Open Space and Recreation Plan Committee is currently working on the Update of Foxborough's Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP).
An OSRP is an important planning guideline that
- Identifies residents’ overall goals for the Town’s open space and recreation resources;
- Recommends strategies for development that will support these goals; and
- Qualifies the town of Foxborough to apply for various State grant programs.
Paper copies of the current (2011-2018) OSRP are available at the Boyden Library, Conservation Department in Town Hall, and digitally, on this site.
Soon, we will need additional input:
(1) The OSRP's Update, once drafted, will be posted on this website for public review, and
(2) Then comments, suggestions and letters of support will be requested.
(3) After receiving your letters of support and any additional input, the OSRP Update will be submitted to the State's Department of Conservation Services (DCS) for approval.
Thank you in advance for your help!
If you are a resident who would like to help with the 2018 OSRP update, please let us know by contacting Jane Pierce (email address, above). We appreciate any help that you are willing to give us!
CONSERVATION COMMISSION'S MISSION STATEMENT:
To protect the Town’s floodplains and wetlands by controlling the activities that are deemed to have a significant effect upon wetland values, including but not limited to the following:
public and private water supply
storm damage prevention
water pollution prevention
the preservation of open space
It’s Your Land… ENJOY IT!
USE THIS SITE TO FIND:
This site has been created as a resource tool; it contains meeting agendas and minutes (automatic notification is available), important environmental updates and other information, including:
View and/or download the Commission's list of upcoming meetings and application submission deadlines.
Access downloadable wetland application documents and instructions in both PDF and MS Word formats, including NOIs, RFDs, ANRADs, filing fees and more. We ask that you use these forms, rather than downloading forms from the State DEP.
Information about Foxborough's 1,700+ acres of conservation land, including:
Guide to Foxborough's Conservation Land and Open Spaces
Rules and Regulations
An Open Space and Recreation Plan (Plan) is a critical tool, because Towns with up-to-date Open Space and Recreation Plans are more likely to receive State grant monies. Without a current OSRP, Foxborough would not qualify to apply for State grant programs. Although currently working on an update to the plan, the 2011-2018 plan expired on July 31st, so we would appreciate residents' help in updating the plan.
Foxborough’s Vernal Pools and Wildlife
Here you can find information about Foxborough's rare species, vernal pools (also see section 4 of the OSRP, which includes vernal pool info and maps), wildlife sightings, invasive species issues (plants and bug pests) and identification guides and 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!
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!
Scouts - Project Guidelines
This new page has been created to guide anyone, particularly scouts, who would like to help us preserve and enhance Foxborough's many conservation areas. The Commission relies on and appreciates help with the countless tasks and projects needed to keep our conservations in great condition for residents to enjoy.
Lakefront Living Tips
This page has information about the environmental issues that are face by lakefront property owners, including landscaping guides, wildlife habitat and various other educational guides and materials.
Landscaping, Native Plants
Find out how to help the environment at your own home by planting native plants for wildlife and pollinators. Native plants are easy to care for and good for the environment!
Includes a website resource library of links to sites that we have found to be useful and informative.
Friends of Foxborough Conservation
The Friends of Foxborough Conservation group orchestrated the recently built Lane Learning Center. If you would like to volunteer your help, please become a member of the Friends group; a link to their FaceBook page is on the Conservation Land page.
The Conservation Office has been working on a FaceBook page; it's a work in progress, but we hope to have it up and running in the near future.
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.
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 the Conservation Manager, Jane Sears Pierce (508-431-1251) or email@example.com.