Showing posts with label conservation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label conservation. Show all posts

Monday, January 23, 2023

The Town of Franklin Open Space & Recreation Plan Overview with Breeka Li Goodlander (audio)

 FM #922 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 922 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares my introductory conversation with the Town of Franklin Conservation Agent Breka Li Goodlander, CWS, PWS. We had our conversation via conference bridge.  


This session we spend time talking about the Open Space & Recreation Plan (OSRP) now being updated

  • OSRP is part of the Master Plan, a plan for a plan

  • Inventory of open space & recreation assets

  • Input from community to build plan, feedback from community on plan draft

  • Series of focus groups, public forums, survey, etc. used to gather the input


The conversation runs about 16 minutes. Let’s listen to my conversation with Breeka Li. Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-922-town-of-franklin-open-space-recreation-plan-overview-01-12-23



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Open Space & Recreation plan update  https://www.franklinma.gov/conservation/pages/2023-open-space-and-recreation-plan-update 


Open Space and Recreation Update Launch Video  https://youtu.be/D4Xxuw3k4Z8


Schedule of focus group meetings, follow up office hours, public forums, etc. ->  https://www.franklinma.gov/conservation/news/case-you-missed-it-2023-osrp-first-focus-group-meeting-sports-and-rec-programming


Mass Gov OSRP website: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/open-space-and-recreation-plans


OSRP Masswoods handbook: https://masswoods.org/sites/masswoods.org/files/pdf-doc-ppt/Open%20Space%20Handbook.pdf


Mass Open Space Network: https://www.massopenspace.org/ (Many free, introductory webinars for homeowners re: Open Space, estate planning, Chapter 61, etc.)


Conservation page ->  https://www.franklinma.gov/conservation 


Contact info ->  Conservation Agent/Natural Resource Protection Manager

(508) 520-4847


For project updates and other Conservation related news and information, you may subscribe for Conservation updates  https://www.franklinma.gov/subscribe 


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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.  


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.


How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.


For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ or www.franklin.news/


If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.


I hope you enjoy!

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Town of Franklin begins planning to update the Open Space and Recreation Plan
Town of Franklin begins planning to update the Open Space and Recreation Plan

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Intro to the Town of Franklin Conservation Agent: Breeka Li Goodlander (audio)

FM #920 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 920 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares my introductory conversation with the Town of Franklin Conservation Agent Breeka Li Goodlander, CWS, PWS. We had our conversation via conference bridge.  


Topics for this session

  • Background on Breeka Li’s road to Franklin

  • Role of a Conservation Agent; protection of wetlands, etc.

  • Beaver institute training underway

  • Liaison for community on potential issues with management of open space & wetlands, invasive species, 100-200 foot guidelines

  • Typical day of an agent: office work, field work & lots of liaison work


The conversation runs about 13 minutes. Let’s listen to my conversation with Breeka Li


Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-920-town-of-franklin-intro-to-our-conservation-agent-01-12-23



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Conservation page ->  https://www.franklinma.gov/conservation 


Contact info ->  Conservation Agent/Natural Resource Protection Manager

(508) 520-4847


Open Space & Recreation plan update  https://www.franklinma.gov/conservation/pages/2023-open-space-and-recreation-plan-update 


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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.  


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.


How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.


For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ or www.franklin.news/


If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.


I hope you enjoy!

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You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"


Town of Franklin Conservation Agent: Breeka Li Goodlander
 Town of Franklin Conservation Agent: Breeka Li Goodlander (LinkedIn profile photo)

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Town of Franklin begins planning to update the Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP)

Explore Open Space and Recreation, meet our new OSRP friends!

The Town of Franklin has begun the process of updating the Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP) for the 2024 - 2031 update. An OSRP allows the town to strategize how to optimize, expand and improve open space and recreational facilities/ offerings by creating annual goals throughout a duration of 7 years.

To ensure the goals in the OSRP are reflective of resident priorities, we will facilitate a Comment and Feedback period through June 2023.

Residents are encouraged to explore our open space and recreation areas and be on the lookout for our friends Connor the Conservation Beaver and Ryan the Recreation Racoon! They'll be featured at select open space and recreational locations and they will be asking for your feedback to help us create the vision for Franklin's recreation and ecocentric spaces! This is one of the many ways the Town is supplementing the OSRP comment and feedback period which will run through 2023. Primary engagement is outlined below…

Public Engagement Opportunities

Timeline

OSRP Resident Survey:

Residents participation in the survey will allow town staff to craft a vision for the OSRP that is reflective of resident priorities. The survey will be available digitally and physically at the 1st and 2nd public hearings.

February 2023 - April 2023

Public Hearing 1:

Attendees will learn more about the Open Space and Recreation Plan, review the progress from the previous 2016 OSRP as well as review and provide feedback on the OSRP priorities drafted by town staff for the 2024 - 2031 OSRP.

February 2023

Public Hearing 2:

Town staff will present the 2024 - 2031 OSRP goals and objectives based off of resident input from the first public hearing and other outreach mechanisms.

April 2023

Public Hearing 3:

Town Staff will present a draft of the 2024 - 2031 OSRP that has been informed by additional resident input following the conclusion of the public hearing and other outreach mechanisms. 

June 2023

For project updates and other Conservation related news and information, you may subscribe for Conservation updates.

To submit a comment or idea for the OSRP please fill out this Google Form. You may also send an email to bgoodlander@franklinma.gov.

Shared from -> https://www.franklinma.gov/home/news/town-franklin-begins-planning-2024-2031-open-space-and-recreation-plan

Town of Franklin begins planning to update the Open Space and Recreation Plan
Town of Franklin begins planning to update the Open Space and Recreation Plan

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Special Guest Franklin Conservation Agent scheduled for Franklin Q&A on Weds, Jan 18 at 11 AM -(hybrid event)

For the first time in 2023, your Franklin questions can get answered in this hybrid session. Either in person at the Senior Center or viz Zoom.

What is going on with .... ?

What happened to ....?

How come .... ?


With a whole lot scheduled to happen in the Town of Franklin this year, we have a special guest to kick off the session. Franklin Conservation Agent Breeka Li Goodlander will join us to talk about the update to the Open Space and Recreation Plan just getting underway. 



Franklin Q&A scheduled for Weds, Jan 18 at 11 AM - Special Guest Franklin Conservation Agent
Franklin Q&A scheduled for Weds, Jan 18 at 11 AM - Special Guest Franklin Conservation Agent

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Conservation B(l)og 3 - Landowner Webinar Series and Stormwater Utility Fee Program

Happy New Year Franklinites,

The Franklin Conservation Department hopes everyone had a warm end to the year 2022 and a happy beginning to 2023.

Landowner Webinar Series

MassWoods from UMass – Amherst is hosting a FREE six-part webinar series for landowners interested in planning the future of their land. The MassWoods webinar series is designed to help you, the landowner, determine the future of your land and take steps to formalize a plan to achieve your personal and financial goals. Topics for this series include, “Deciding Your Land’s Future”, “Reducing Your Property Taxes and Stewarding Your Land”, and “Choosing a Conservation Tool”.

To express interest in an estate planning workshop in Town or how this relates to the 2023 Open Space and Recreation Plan update process, contact Breeka Li Goodlander via email at bgoodlander@franklinma.gov or via phone at 508-520-4847.

To register for this webinar series, click here -> 

Stormwater Utility Fee Program

In case you missed it, the Town of Franklin DPW is implementing a new Stormwater Utility Fee Program. More information regarding this Program can be found here -> (https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/utility_flyer_extended_version_reduced_size_0.pdf). Any questions about the Program can be directed to Derek Adams via email at dadams@franklinma.gov or via phone at 508-553-5545.

That's all for now!

Conservation B(l)og 3 - Landowner Webinar Series and Stormwater Utility Fee Program
Conservation B(l)og 3 - Landowner Webinar Series and Stormwater Utility Fee Program

Thursday, October 20, 2022

DelCarte Fall Gathering scheduled for Saturday, October 22 from 9 AM to noon

Come join us for Fall fun at DelCarte Park in Franklin!

This Saturday, October 22nd from 9 AM - 12 PM join the Franklin Conservation Commission to celebrate the start of Autumn!

There will be fun for the whole family, so don’t miss out!

*Community service hours validated for students and scout groups.

DelCarte Fall Gathering scheduled for Saturday, October 22 from 9 AM to noon
DelCarte Fall Gathering scheduled for Saturday, October 22 from 9 AM to noon

Saturday, October 15, 2022

"the global water cycle ... how human water use affects where water is stored, how it moves, and how clean it is"

Daniel Moser (@_dmoser) tweeted on Fri, Oct 14, 2022:
🌊The new Water Cycle🌊

Although people have long siphoned water from groundwater and diverted rivers into farm fields and industrial plants, this new diagram is the first time humans have been included in what was presented until now as a "natural" cycle by @USGS 👇👇 
https://t.co/ABJobxNRQ6

Shared from Twitter -> https://twitter.com/_dmoser/status/1580930320701919232

The updated water cycle
The updated water cycle

Friday, October 14, 2022

Town of Franklin, MA: DelCarte Fall Gathering scheduled for Oct 22

Town of Franklin, MA (@TOFranklinMA) tweeted on Wed, Oct 12, 2022:
"Franklin's Conservation Commission invites you to attend the DelCarte Fall Gathering 10/22 from 9 AM - 12 PM. 
Activities include pumpkin painting, a Woods Walk, a meet and greet with Soil and Wetland Scientists, and more! 
https://t.co/MT8xQxw3ny"

Shared from Twitter -> https://t.co/Q63NyBy6N7

Town of Franklin, MA: DelCarte Fall Gathering scheduled for Oct 22
Town of Franklin, MA: DelCarte Fall Gathering scheduled for Oct 22

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

How to save money on utilities this winter and avoid scams


Consumer Alerts from the Federal Trade Commission

By Colleen Tressler

When temperatures drop, it often costs more to stay comfortable in your home — and scammers know that. This alert is the first in a series to help you get your home ready for winter, save money, and avoid fraud. 

Read more ->  https://consumer.ftc.gov/consumer-alerts/2022/09/how-save-money-utilities-winter-and-avoid-scams




How to save money on utilities this winter and avoid scams
How to save money on utilities this winter and avoid scams

Friday, April 15, 2022

Franklin awarded $150K in green community grant for "energy conservation measures, EV vehicles, LED lighting, etc."

During an event yesterday in Lawrence, the administration awarded $8.3 million in Green Communities competitive grants to 64 municipalities.

The competitive grants support energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that further the designated communities’ clean energy goals. The grants are awarded to Green Communities that have successfully invested their initial designation grants and previous competitive grant awards.

According to the Department of Energy Resources, the grants will help to fund a range of projects, from ventilation system upgrades to the installation of insulation and energy management systems at municipal buildings and facilities. Projects also include installations of air-source heat pumps, hybrid police cruisers, and electric vehicle charging stations. (Click here for details of the project awards.)

Continue reading the MMA article

Franklin's award for $150,902 was summarized as:
"to fund energy conservation measures, EV vehicles, LED lighting, and transformers, in municipal facilities including vehicle fleet, Horace Mann, Remington, and Keller Sullivan Schools"

The complete listing of awards can be found -> https://www.mass.gov/doc/competitive-grant-awards-2021-block-2/download

 For more about Green Communities

For more about Green Communities

Friday, September 17, 2021

Recap: Introduction, retirement, promotion, and two presentations highlight the Town Council meeting

Quick Recap:
  • Less than polite discourse around comments regarding the Senator Warren visit to the Town Common continue among multiple parties. Edgy tone continues in a long set of 'facts' ultimately leaving one citizen confused about the zoning bylaw proposal reviewed in the public hearing at last meeting and then put aside. 
  • Brief introduction of new Veterans Service agent - Shannon Nisbett and Debra Martin now a Town employee (previously funded by Norfolk County).
  • One retirement and one promotion recognized with state and local proclamations including swearing in for promotion
  • New all alcohol license approved for the Franklin Shed, a new restaurant slated to open in early to mid-2022 next to the Big Y
  • Presentation from Jen Knight-Levine touting the services and development of SAFE Coalition also closed with the staggering fact on the potency of THC in the vap cartridges today vs. the marijuana of several years ago
  • Jen Delmore, Conservation Agent, provided an update on the progress to mitigating the invasive plant growth on the DelCarte ponds. Much accomplished, more to be done before fishing can be restored
  • Formal passage of the trash/recycling fee with the second vote to approve. An increase of $8/year for the normal containers, no change for the smaller containers. This still leaves the town residents paying less than the $300/year we paid before the single stream system was implemented.
 
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As with most meetings in this pandemic period, I took my notes via Twitter during the meeting although this time, reporting live from the Council Chambers.
 
Photos captured during the meeting and shared via Twitter can be found in one album -> https://photos.app.goo.gl/3y3gZiaavkP78m6A6

The Twitter hashtag can be found online  #tc0915 
https://twitter.com/search?q=%23tc0915&src=typed_query  
 
Agenda doc (including connection info) ->   
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/09-15-2021_town_council_agenda.pdf 
 
 
  • getting ready for the Town Council meeting at 7 PM - agenda can be found -> https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/09-15-2021_town_council_agenda.pdf  #TC0915
  • All 8 councilors present this evening (1 spot open due to resignation, to be filled with the Nov 2, 2021 election) #tc0915
  • Chair Mercer opens meeting; multiple access to meeting reminder - in person, Zoom access, live stream via Town page, or cable via Verizon/Comcast #tc0915
  • brief intro of Shannon Nisbett, new Veterans Service Officer (replacing Dale Kurtz who retired); Debra Martin, assistant to the VSO now a ToF employee for veterans service #tc0915
  • Nancy Danello, acting Town Clerk, with an update on the local election  - Sep 30 last day to withdraw; Oct 13 last day to register to vote; Oct 14 candidates night; Oct 20 machine testing; early voting during business hours once ballots arrive #tc0915
  • Sat Oct 23, and Sun Oct 24; from 10 AM to 1:00 PM for early voting in the Town Clerk's office #tc0915
  • J Callaway-Tripp making comment against Pellegri's comments from the Sep 1 meeting; slander, violation of resolution 20-14. #tc0915
  • C Cass commending Pellegri for her comments; #tc0915 some of the heckling occurred during a requested moment of silence; showed lack of decency by those participating
  • J Maciel (?) re: comments on the research she did regarding the zoning discussion; what is the cost? What are the qualifications of the MAPC? Confused by the actions and notes of the discussion around downtown parking #tc0915
  • D Bardsley - sad about the blurred lines of opinions; #tc0915
  • approval of mins from Aug 28 meeting; second, passes 8-0  #tc0915
  • PROCLAMATIONS/RECOGNITIONS a.Police Department:  i.Sergeant Lee Drake - Retirement  #tc0915 ( photos to be added )
  • Sergeant Drake with Chief Lynch and State Rep Roy #tc0915
  • Not to be out done, the Town Council also has a proclamation of recognition #tc0915 Chair Mercer presenting
  • Sergeant Louis Marguerite - Promotion Chief Lynch provides intro, N Danello  swears Sgt in to office; pinned by family members (photos to be added) #tc0915
  • Promotion photos as referenced #tc0915
  • 5.APPOINTMENTS a. Janice Prentice - Associate member, Historical Commission   https://franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/5a._appointment_-_prentice.pdf  motion to approve, second, passes 8-0  #tc0915
  • b. Chuna Keophannga - Finance Committee   https://franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/5b._appointment_-_keophannga.pdfmotion to approve, second, passes 8-0  
  • c. Tyrel Hansen - Finance Committee    https://franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/5c._appointment_-_hansen.pdf  motion to approve, second, passes 8-0
  • next up ->  a.  Franklin Shed, LLC d/b/a Franklin Shed, New Section 12 Restaurant, All Alcoholic Beverages, and approval of manager, located at 340 East Central Street, Franklin, MA.   https://franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/7a._web_franklin_shed.pdf#tc0915 motion to approve, second, passes 8-0 via roll call
  • two roll call votes, one to approve license, second to approve the pledge of license as collateral for loan from bank - both pass 8-0 #tc0915
  • next up - SAFE Coalition, Jennifer Knight-Levine, Executive Director #tc0915
  • Slides being talked to about SAFE #tc0915
  • AWESOME, Jen Knight-Levine and SAFE are an incredible resource for this community and the surrounding coverage area #tc0915
  • host community agreements are a complex mix but we do allocate funds for SAFE and will do more so as they become available. #tc0915
  • Dellorco with great heartwarming story, Mercer in a short time (5 years) the development and the breadth of services is awesome #tc0915
  • Next up Jen Delmore, Conservation Agent with an update on the weeds at DelCarte #tc0915 presentation copy https://franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/8b._delcarte_weeds_pres.pdf
  • part way there with milfoil getting resolved;; chestnut still to be monitored and treated #tc0915 long term plan to clear the plants first, then get the invasive fish species, and settle it, before stocking with game and native fish
  • subcommittee reports: EDC met this evening, next meeting Oct 20, discussion on town branding and wayfinding #tc0915
  • a. Resolution 21-53: Gift Acceptance, Franklin Public Library $5,890, Veterans’ Service Department $300, Fire Department $200 (Motion to Approve Resolution 21-53 - Majority Vote) motion to approve, second, passes 8-0  #tc0915
  • b. Bylaw Amendment 21-875: Chapter 82, Trash and Recycling Fee Increase - 2nd Reading (Motion to adopt Bylaw Amendment 21-875 - Majority Roll Call Vote)  https://franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/10b._21-875_trash.pdf  motion to approve, second, passes (via roll call) 8-0
  • no Town Administrator report tonight, future agenda items - Oct 6, School District to provide an update to Council on their Davis Thayer plans and timeline #tc0915 there will be an open house but no date available at this time
  • councilor comments; Chandler - thanks for the increased participating; Hamblen, thanks for the presenters tonight, thanks for the zucchini racers; thanks for the Cultural Festival - Harvest Festival - Oct 2 (rain date Oct 3) #tc0915
  • bike racks on Common, complete streets - Sep 22, 6:00 PM, at Farmers Mkt this Friday to gather info on improvements re: complete streets; #tc0915 incredible event, kudos to those who put this on - Kaye Kelly, Chair of Cultural Council
  • MAPC is the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, they are highly professional and experienced in doing this kind of work #tc0915  MAPC will have a booth at the Harvest Festival Oct 2 to introduce new websites for feedback;
  • pancake breakfast every 2nd Sunday at the Rod & Gun club - #tc0915 Cultural Festival, also at the Historical Museum for the speaker there, impressive, was recorded will be available for replay.
  • Thanks to the Fire/Police Chiefs to come in to recognize the retirements and new hires; SAFE doing great things for our community. #tc0915  motion to adjourn, second, passes 8-0
 
Audio recording of meeting to be available in couple of days

 

one of the slides from the SAFE Coalition presentation
one of the slides from the SAFE Coalition presentation