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

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

There is a Conservation Commission Vacancy - Apply Today!

Conservation Commission Vacancy - Apply Today!

Do you have an interest in conservation, wildlife, wetlands, and the environment? 

Do you see yourself as a leader in Franklin for green initiatives and open space planning? 

Would you like to a part of decision making processes for the growth and development around Town? 

Then what are you waiting for? 

Apply to the Franklin Conservation Commission today!

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Land planning, environmental science, engineering, or construction experience a plus, but not required. Training and continued education provided upon appointment. 

Applications can be submitted online at https://franklinmaboards.vt-s.net/newcaf.php. For more information about the vacancy, please contact Breeka Li Goodlander via email at bgoodlander@franklinma.gov or via phone at 508-520-4847.

Shared from -> https://www.franklinma.gov/conservation/news/conservation-commission-vacancy-apply-today

Conservation Commission Vacancy - Apply Today!
Conservation Commission Vacancy - Apply Today!

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Notice of Intent - Beaver Pond Hydro-Raking - Conservation - Mar 7

Town of Franklin
Conservation Commission

Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Ch. 131, s.40 (Wetlands Protection Act), the Franklin Conservation Commission will hold a Hybrid Public Hearing on Thursday, March 7, 2024 at 7:11 PM for a Notice of Intent filed by Brooke Morganelli, Assistant Town Engineer, of the Town of Franklin Department of Public Works on behalf of the Franklin Recreation Department. The project proposes to conduct hydro-raking of a portion of Beaver Pond to remove nuisance vegetation and is filed as an Ecological Restoration Limited Project. The proposed work would
impact approximately 26,722 square feet (sf) of Land Under Water Bodies and Waterways.

The Project is located at Chilson Park on Beaver Street, Map 288 Lot 002, in the Rural Residential I Zone.

The hearing will provide an open forum for the discussion. This meeting will be done remotely via the “ZOOM” platform and “In-person” in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building, 355 East Central Street. Residents can visit the Town Website (Franklinma.gov) and click on the Town Calendar for up to date information on how to access the meeting.

All records and files for this project can be viewed at the Conservation Office located on the first floor of the Franklin Municipal Building.

Any person or organization so wishing will be afforded an opportunity to be heard.

The hearing location is accessible to persons with physical disabilities. If you require a translator or accommodations for a hearing impairment, contact the Conservation Department at the Municipal Building or by calling (508) 520-4929.

Meghann Hagen
Conservation Chair

Notice of Intent - Beaver Pond Hydro-Raking - Conservation - Mar 7
Notice of Intent - Beaver Pond Hydro-Raking - Conservation - Mar 7

Notice of Intent - South Street Miscoe Brook Culvert - Conservation - Mar 7

Town of Franklin
Conservation Commission

Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Ch. 131, s.40 (Wetlands Protection Act),  the Franklin Conservation Commission will hold a Hybrid Public Hearing on Thursday, March 7, 2024 at 7:09 PM for a Notice of Intent filed by Jared Duval of TEC, Inc., Worcester, MA on behalf of Michael Maglio for the Town of Franklin Department of Public Works. The project proposes the replacement and construction of a box culvert located within Miscoe Brook, a Perennial Stream.

Proposed work includes dewatering and water diversion during culvert construction. Total impacts include approximately 275 square feet (sf) within Bordering Vegetated Wetlands (BVW) (245 sf temporary impacts, 30 sf permanent impacts); 120 linear feet (lf) of Bank; 355 sf of Land Under Water and Waterways; 3,000 sf to Bordering Land Subject to Flooding (BLSF); and 6,595 sf within the first one hundred feet of 200-foot Riverfront Area to Miscoe Brook.

The Project is located at the South Street Culvert over Miscoe Brook, in the Rural Residential I Zone.

The hearing will provide an open forum for the discussion. This meeting will be done remotely via the “ZOOM” platform and “In-person” in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building, 355 East Central Street. Residents can visit the Town Website (Franklinma.gov) and click on the Town Calendar for up to date information on how to access the meeting.

All records and files for this project can be viewed at the Conservation Office located on the first floor of the Franklin Municipal Building.

Any person or organization so wishing will be afforded an opportunity to be heard.

The hearing location is accessible to persons with physical disabilities. If you require a translator or accommodations for a hearing impairment, contact the Conservation Department at the Municipal Building or by calling (508) 520-4929.

Meghann Hagen
Conservation Chair

Notice of Intent - South Street Miscoe Brook Culvert - Conservation - Mar 7
Notice of Intent - South Street Miscoe Brook Culvert - Conservation - Mar 7

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Watch the Conservation Commission playlist on YouTube back to January 2022

Franklin TV broadcasts many Town and School meetings to multiple channels. 
  • Verizon and Comcast
  • Live stream via Zoom
  • And to YouTube
You can find the Conservation Commission playlist on YouTube for meetings since January 2022 -> https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNyv0AkVasITXFgK-hECCfOA6-bxLtjKn


Watch the Conservation Commission playlist on YouTube back to January 2022
Watch the Conservation Commission playlist on YouTube back to January 2022

Saturday, February 10, 2024

Annual Report Of The Conservation Commission: FY 2023 Report

The Franklin Conservation Commission is responsible for promoting and protecting the Natural and Wetland Resources within the Town of Franklin, including Rivers, Streams, Vernal Pools, Habitat, and Threatened and Endangered Species.

The Commission is composed of seven volunteer residents appointed for three year terms by the Town Council. Current Commission members have diverse professional experience related to environmental science, biology, engineering, and project management. Because of their differing backgrounds, each Commissioner is able to offer a unique perspective during the review of wetland permit applications. This diversity in experience ultimately benefits Franklin and its associated Resources.

Franklin has continuously been represented at the annual conference of the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC), Massachusetts Association of Wetland Scientists (AMWS), Society of Wetland Scientists - New England Chapter (SWS), and the Society of Ecological Restoration. During the MACC annual conference, Commissioners can further their education with classes and workshops, and are able to collaborate with other Commissioners from across the state; as well as scientists, ecologists, engineers, and lawyers active in conservation. Newly appointed, Commissioner Livingstone holds a seat on the Board for MACC; and Agent Goodlander maintains a seat on the Outreach Committee for SWS and is Co-Chair for the Program/Education Committee for AMWS.

Overall, the Department of Planning and Community Development (Conservation) provides administrative and technical support to the Commission.

Permitting of Work within or Adjacent to Wetlands Resources
The Franklin Conservation Commission is the primary authority for administering the Massachusetts Wetland Protection Act and the Franklin Wetlands Protection Bylaw and corresponding Regulations. These laws and regulations require permits to work in or within Wetland Resource Areas, including Habitat, as well as within the 100-foot Buffer Zone to a Wetland Resource; in or within the 100-foot Buffer Zone to the 100-year Floodplain; or in or within the 200-foot Riverfront Area to a Perennial Stream.
 
During FY22, the Conservation Commission received 57 permit applications to work within areas under their permitting jurisdiction. Five of these applications are still being permitted for FY23 and one of these applications has been denied. The Commission also issued Certificates of Compliance and Permit Extensions for previously permitted projects, with three Certificates of Compliance denied.

The table below is a summary of Conservation Commission activity during FY22:

Conservation Commission activity during FY22
Conservation Commission activity during FY22

Each permit application has associated local filing fees which must be paid in full prior to permit approval. These fees pay for a wide array of wetland protection projects, including treatment at the DelCarte Conservation Area, plantings of native species, and even a summer internship for a Franklin High School student. Thank you, Rex Cinelli, for all of your hard work this past summer!

Public hearings continue to be held in the Council Chambers in a hybrid meeting style.

Open Space and Recreation Plan
Throughout FY22, the Conservation Commission and Agent were tasked with drafting the 2023 Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP). An OSRP is best described as a guiding document through which a community can plan for the future of its conservation and recreation resources. It is an accumulation of public participation, stakeholder engagement, and goals and objectives identified as most important to the community.

To facilitate this community engagement, the Commission connected with residents in a variety of ways, including emails, a citizen questionnaire,  
Google Form, external presentations, and 20 focus group meetings for over 100 stakeholders. Focus group meetings ran from January 12 to May 19 of FY22, and were conducted four times a month.

Topics for these meetings ranged from "Sports and Recreation Programs" to "Habitat Protection and Ecosystem Restoration". The citizen questionnaire, comprising 30 questions, was available from February 13 to April 30. The Commission would like to thank all residents who participated throughout this engagement process.

The OSRP is set to be approved by Town Council in FY24 with OSRP work continuing in the 2035 Master Plan. Commissioner Hagen has been appointed as a Master Plan Update Committee Member and Chair of the Open Space and Recreation, and Natural, Cultural and Historical Resources Subcommittee.

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The Commission would like Franklin residents to be aware of the potential tax savings of M.G. L. Chapter 61 Forest Lands and Forest Products, Chapter 61A Agricultural and Horticultural Land, and 61B Recreational Land. Such programs are designed to benefit the land owner via reducing the tax burden, as well as to preserve and maintain the quality and quantity of environmentally sensitive and natural areas within the Commonwealth.

The Conservation website continues to be reworked and updated to be more user-friendly. The Conservation Agent continues to develop and publish standard operating procedures and educational snippets to help residents understand the operations of Conservation and why Natural and Wetland Resources play an important role in the Franklin community.

Please visit our website for additional information: www.franklinma.gov/conservation.

Lastly, the Conservation Commission underwent substantial membership changes during FY22. Meghann Hagen and Mark LePage were appointed as Commissioners by Town Council after Commissioner Batchelor stepped down from the Commission. The Commission wishes to thank Commissioner Batchelor for his years of service.

Below is a list of current Conservation Commission members:
  • Patrick Gallagher, Chair
  • Jeffrey J. Milne, Vice Chair
  • Michael R. Rein
  • Meghann A. Hagen
  • Jeffrey Livingstone
  • Mark C. LePage
  • Richard W. Johnson


Respectfully submitted,
Patrick Gallagher, Chair 
Breeka Li Goodlander, CWS, PWS, CERPIT, 
Conservation Agent/Natural Resource Protection Manager


Note: Not all of the Conservation Commission report was shared here due to formatting challenges. You can find the complete ConComm section in one PDF ->   https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rNUihQsw6X6GNK4rMw4q62Opvdeb5Ors/view?usp=drive_link


The full Town of Franklin FY 2023 Annual Report can be found online

Annual Report Of The Conservation Commission: FY 2023 Report
Annual Report Of The Conservation Commission: FY 2023 Report

Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Town of Franklin: Conservation Commission - Public Hearing - NOI - 121 Grove St - Jan 11, 2024

Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Ch. 131, s.40 (Wetlands Protection Act), the Franklin Conservation Commission will hold a Hybrid Public Hearing on Thursday, January 11, 2024 at 7:10 PM for a Notice of Intent filed by Christopher Lucas of Lucas Environmental, LLC, Quincy, MA on behalf of Robert Hewitt of Fairfield Grove Street LLC, Braintree, MA.

Proposed work includes the construction of a multi-building residential development with associated parking, utilities, and stormwater management. Approximately 3,180 square feet (sf) of work is proposed within Bordering Vegetated Wetlands (BVW) and Isolated Vegetated Wetlands (IVW), with 63,480 sf of work occurring within the 25-foot “No Disturbance”  zone of BVW and IVW, and 453,500 sf of work occurring within the 100-foot Buffer Zone of BVW. Additionally, 320 feet of work along Inland Bank is proposed. 

The Project is located at 121 Grove Street, Map 294 and 295 Lots 7 and 1, in the Industrial Zone.

The hearing will provide an open forum for the discussion. This meeting will be done remotely via the “ZOOM” platform and “In-person” in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building, 355 East Central Street. Residents can visit the Town Website (Franklinma.gov) and click on the Town Calendar for up to date information on how to access the meeting.

All records and files for this project can be viewed at the Conservation Office located on the first floor of the Franklin Municipal Building.

Any person or organization so wishing will be afforded an opportunity to be heard.

The hearing location is accessible to persons with physical disabilities. If you require a translator or accommodations for a hearing impairment, contact the Conservation Department at the Municipal Building or by calling (508) 520-4929.

Meghann Hagen
Conservation Chair

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Join the Backyard Ecosystem Education (BEE) Program in 2024

Registration Opens January 2, 2024 - Closes February 29, 2024

The Backyard Ecosystem Education (BEE) Program is an interactive program for Franklin residents and business owners to design and create a native, biologically diverse habitat at their property. The BEE Program consists of five themed workshops and one field day giving residents and business owners the skills to:

  • Attract wildlife and plant life to their habitat;
  • Support their habitat through climate change and other ecological stressors;
  • Plan and design their backyard habitat with professional practitioners; and
  • Be considered a Backyard Ecosystem Advocate

Upon successful completion and attendance of the BEE Program, participants will be considered a "Backyard Ecosystem Advocate" and their habitats, once established, will have the opportunity to become "Certified Wildlife Habitats" through the National Wildlife Federation.

Registration opens January 2, 2024 and is on a first come, first serve basis. Registration closes February 29, 2024. Registration is available to all residents regardless of ownership/rental status or living situation, all Franklin business owners, and up to five FPS high school students. The Conservation Department is currently collaborating with FPS - STEM to excuse up to five students for the scheduled field day, so students - please apply if you are interested! 

Workshop descriptions are listed below. Questions? Email bgoodlander@franklinma.gov.

Workshop TitleDate, Time, and LocationDescription
Wildlife

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

4p - 6p

Location TBD

Residents will learn common wildlife species that they may find in their backyard habitats and/or how to attract these wildlife species to their habitats.
Plant Life

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

4p - 6p

Location TBD

Residents will learn common native and wildlife friendly plants and common invasive plants they may plant and/or find in their backyard habitats.
Landscapes and Regional Context

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

4p - 6p

Location TBD

Residents will learn to identify what landscape they live in, its regional context, and how to design a habitat suitable for their surroundings.
Climate and Other Ecological Stressors

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

4p - 6p

Location TBD

Residents will learn how to plan their habitat for climate change, design their habitat considering climate resilience, and mitigate future environmental stressors and disturbance events.
Planning and Design

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

4p - 6p

Location TBD

Residents will be able to sit down in small groups with professional practitioners to design their own specific backyard habitat applying all lessons learned in previous workshops.
Field Day and Graduation Luncheon

Friday, May 10

10a - 2p

Location TBD

Residents will be bussed around Town for a tour of raingardens, biodiversity areas, turtle nesting habitats, regenerative forests, gardens, and more. Lunch and a graduation ceremony will be provided.

Shared from -> https://www.franklinma.gov/conservation/news/join-backyard-ecosystem-education-bee-program-2024

Join the Backyard Ecosystem Education (BEE) Program in 2024
Join the Backyard Ecosystem Education (BEE) Program in 2024

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

December 7, 2023 Conservation Commission Meeting Cancelled

FRANKLIN CONSERVATION COMMISSION

December 7, 2023 meeting = CANCELLED

The December 7, 2023 Conservation Commission Meeting has been cancelled by the Conservation Commission.  

As such, there will be no meeting of the Franklin Conservation Commission on December 7, 2023.

The next Conservation Commission Meeting following November 30, 2023 will be held on December 14, 2023.  An Agenda for that meeting will be posted prior to the date it is scheduled for with more details, including a link to attend remotely.

Shared from -> https://www.franklinma.gov/conservation/news/december-7-2023-conservation-commission-meeting-cancelled


December 7, 2023 Conservation Commission Meeting Cancelled
December 7, 2023 Conservation Commission Meeting Cancelled

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Join the "Trek and Tales" at Riverbend! on Thursday, Nov 16 at 2 PM (Note Date Change)

Join us for Trek and Tales at Riverbend!

Thursday, November 16 from 2 PM to 3 PM

Reminder: Join the "Trek and Tales" at Riverbend! on Thursday, Nov 16 at 2 PM (Note Date Change)
Reminder: Join the "Trek and Tales" at Riverbend! on Thursday, Nov 16 at 2 PM (Note Date Change)

***NOTE: The date changed from the 9th to the 16th

Shared from -> https://www.franklinma.gov/conservation/news/date-change-join-us-trek-and-tales-riverbend


Friday, November 3, 2023

Join the "Friends of Franklin Conservation"!

Do you have a deep passion for the environment? Do you love getting out "into nature"? Do you want to get more involved around Town? Start by joining our local stewardship group, the Friends of Franklin Conservation (FFC)

We are hosting a meet and greet on Sunday, November 12 at the DelCarte Conservation Area from 10a-12p and we'd love to have you attend. We'd really like to get to know you, your interests, and for you to get to know us! 

This is an informal meet and greet so need to stay for the entirety of the time and if you are unable to attend, no worries. We plan to coordinate a more formal meeting opportunity in the future where we can discuss goals, missions, and projects for the stewardship group. 

Please feel free to share the attached flier with your Franklin friends and family and we hope to see you on the 12th!

By the way, the Franklin Conservation Commission is hosting their annual autumn event "Cider & Stroll" at DelCarte at the same time as the meet and greet. Feel free to join their event before or after meeting with us for FFC. 

Join the "Friends of Franklin Conservation"!
Join the "Friends of Franklin Conservation"! 

Shared from -> https://www.franklinma.gov/conservation/news/join-friends-franklin-conservation

Saturday, October 28, 2023

Join the Conservation Commission for Cider & Stroll at DelCarte Nov 12 at 10 AM

Hi Franklin! 
Cider & Stroll at DelCarte Nov 12
Cider & Stroll at DelCarte Nov 12

Mark your calendars! 

Join the Franklin Conservation Commission at DelCarte Conservation Area on Sunday, November 12 at 10 AM for apple cider, donuts, and a guided nature walk!

Parking is available onsite at the playground, with overflow parking across the road on Greystone Road, and at the additional DelCarte parking lot down Pleasant Street. 

All are welcome for this FREE event! We hope to see you there!






Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Franklin Residents: Join our iNaturalist Project!

Join our iNaturalist Project!

The Conservation Department has recently created a project in iNaturalist to help track species throughout our conservation areas and open spaces. We invite you to download the iNaturalist app on your mobile device, join our project called "Franklin, MA Conservation Areas and Open Spaces", and start documenting species! We are looking for any species that you observe - whether that be birds, mammals, amphibians, plants, native or invasive - you get the picture. You see it, we want to know about it. 

Visit www.inaturalist.org/projects/franklin-ma-conservation-areas-and-open-spaces to join the project. Visit www.inaturalist.org/pages/getting+started to learn how to navigate the iNaturalist app. Questions? Contact bgoodlander@franklinma.gov

Read more

Franklin Residents: Join our iNaturalist Project!
Franklin Residents: Join our iNaturalist Project!


Sunday, September 24, 2023

A Regional Collaboration - Charles River Climate Compact (CRCC)

A Regional Collaboration

Charles River Climate Compact Municipal Member Since 2019

Did you know that Franklin has been a member of the Charles River Climate Compact (CRCC) since its creation in 2019? 

The CRCC is a regional collaborative effort to increase climate resilience for the people and natural ecosystems in the Charles River watershed by implementing climate adaption and mitigation solutions. 

We work monthly with our neighboring communities to achieve these goals. Participating communities include Arlington, Bellingham, Belmont, Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Dedham, Dover, Holliston, Hopkinton, Lincoln, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Natick, Needham, Newton, Norfolk, Sherborn, Somerville, Walpole, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley, Weston, Westwood, and Wrentham. 

For more information on the work we do, visit https://www.crwa.org/climate-compact.

Shared from -> https://www.franklinma.gov/conservation/news/regional-collaboration

Franklin has been a member of the Charles River Climate Compact (CRCC) since its creation in 2019
Franklin has been a member of the Charles River Climate Compact (CRCC) since its creation in 2019

Saturday, September 23, 2023

Did you know that there is a Conservation Commission Vacancy - Time to Apply is Now!

Conservation Commission Vacancy - Apply Now!

Do you have an interest in conservation, wildlife, wetlands, and the environment? 

Do you see yourself as a leader in Franklin for green initiatives and open space planning? 

Would you like to a part of decision making processes for the growth and development around Town? 

Then what are you waiting for? Apply to the Franklin Conservation Commission today!

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Land planning, environmental science, engineering, or construction experience a plus, but not required. 

Training and continued education provided upon appointment. Applications can be submitted online at https://franklinmaboards.vt-s.net/newcaf.php. For more information about the vacancy, please contact Breeka Li Goodlander via email at bgoodlander@franklinma.gov or via phone at 508-520-4847.

Shared from -> https://www.franklinma.gov/conservation/news/conservation-commission-vacancy-apply-now

Did you know that there is a Conservation Commission Vacancy - Time to Apply is Now!
Did you know that there is a Conservation Commission Vacancy - Time to Apply is Now!

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Open Space & Recreation, and Natural, Cultural, and Historic Resources Master Plan Subcommittee - Sep 26

Open Space and Recreation, and Natural, Cultural, and Historic Resources
Master Plan Subcommittee
Agenda
September 26, 2023 - 7:00 PM 
(location will likely change, as this is the same location for the School Committee meeting)


Meeting will be held at the Municipal Building
Room 205, 2nd Floor
355 East Central Street


1. Introductions

2. Update on OSRP
a. Next steps
3. Review of 2013 Natural, Cultural, and Historic Resources Goal & Objectives

4. Minutes
a. August 8, 2023
5. Future meeting dates



Open Space & Recreation, and Natural, Cultural, and Historic Resources Master Plan Subcommittee - Sep 26
Open Space & Recreation, and Natural, Cultural, and Historic Resources Master Plan Subcommittee - Sep 26

Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Notice of Intent - 230 Grove Street - Conservation

Notice of Intent - 230 Grove Street - Conservation

Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Ch. 131, s.40 (The Wetlands Protection Act), the Franklin Conservation Commission will hold a Hybrid Public Hearing on Thursday, September 21, 2023 at 7:13 PM on a Notice of Intent filed by Richard Goodreau of United Consultants, Inc., Wrentham, MA, on behalf of ISAR, LLC, Plainville, MA. Proposed work includes site redevelopment and the installation of a new stormwater outlet pipe.

 Approximately 531 square feet (sf) of work is proposed within the 200-foot Riverfront Area. The Project is located at 230 Grove Street, Map 311, Lot 3, within the Industrial Zone. The hearing will provide an open forum for the discussion. 

This meeting will be done remotely via the “ZOOM” platform and “In-person” in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building, 355 East Central Street. Residents can visit the Town Website (www.franklinma.gov) and click on the Town Calendar for up to date information on how to access the meeting. 

All records and files for this project can be viewed at the Conservation Office located on the first floor of the Franklin Municipal Building. Any person or organization so wishing will be afforded an opportunity to be heard. 

The hearing location is accessible to persons with physical disabilities. If you require a translator or accommodations for a hearing impairment, contact the Conservation Department at the Municipal Building or by calling (508) 520-4929.

Jeff Livingstone
Chairman

Shared from ->   https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/agendas/230_grove_street_noi_public_hearing_notice.pdf

Notice of Intent - 230 Grove Street - Conservation
Notice of Intent - 230 Grove Street - Conservation

Sunday, August 20, 2023

Notice of Intent - 3 Mount Street - Conservation - Sep 7 at 7:10 PM

Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Ch. 131, s.40 (The Wetlands Protection Act), the Franklin Conservation Commission will hold a Hybrid Public Hearing on Thursday, September 7, 2023 at 7:10 PM for a Notice of Intent filed by Amanda Cavaliere of Guerriere & Halnon, Inc., Franklin, MA on behalf of Sean and Amy Lanagan, Franklin, MA. The project proposes the construction single family house with an associated driveway, garage, private well and shared septic system.

Approximately 17,300 square feet (sf) of the work is proposed within the 100-foot Buffer Zone to Bordering Vegetated Wetlands (BVW), of which approximately 850 square feet is proposed within the 25- to 50-foot Buffer Zone, and 16,450 sf within the 50- to 100-foot Buffer Zone.

The Project is located at 3 Mount Street, Map 330 Lots 11.1; 11.2; 11.3 and 11.4, in the Rural Residential I Zone.

The hearing will provide an open forum for the discussion. This meeting will be done remotely via the “ZOOM” platform and “In-person” in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building, 355 East Central Street. Residents can visit the Town Website (Franklinma.gov) and click on the Town Calendar for up to date information on how to access the meeting.

All records and files for this project can be viewed at the Conservation Office located on the first floor of the Franklin Municipal Building.

Any person or organization so wishing will be afforded an opportunity to be heard.
The hearing location is accessible to persons with physical disabilities. If you require
a translator or accommodations for a hearing impairment, contact the Conservation
Department at the Municipal Building or by calling (508) 520-4929.

Patrick Gallagher
Chairman

Notice of Intent - 3 Mount Street - Conservation
Notice of Intent - 3 Mount Street - Conservation

Friday, August 18, 2023

Conservation Commission Meeting RESCHEDULED from August 24 to August 22

FRANKLIN CONSERVATION COMMISSION

The August 24, 2023 Conservation Commission Meeting has been rescheduled to August 22, 2023 at 7:00 PM in the Room 326A (Third Floor Training Room) of the Town Hall at 355 East Central Street.  This decision was made at the August 10, 2023 Conservation Commission Meeting.

As such, there will be no meeting of the Franklin Conservation Commission held on August 24, 2023.

The next Conservation Commission Meeting following August 22, 2023 will be held on September 7, 2023 at 7:00 PM at the Franklin Town Hall Council Chambers at 355 East Central Street.  An Agenda for that meeting will be posted prior to the date it is scheduled for with more details, including a link to attend remotely.

Shared from -> https://www.franklinma.gov/conservation/news/conservation-commission-meeting-rescheduled-august-24-august-22

Conservation Commission Meeting RESCHEDULED from August 24 to August 22
Conservation Commission Meeting RESCHEDULED from August 24 to August 22

Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Conservation Commission: ANRAD - 124-126 Grove Street - Legal Notice

Town of Franklin
Conservation Commission

Legal Notice
Town of Franklin
Conservation Commission

Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Ch. 131, s.40 (The Wetlands Protection Act), the Franklin Conservation Commission will hold a Hybrid Public Hearing on Thursday, July 27, 2023 at 7:09 PM on an Abbreviated Notice of Resource Area Delineation filed by Goddard Consulting LLC, Northborough, MA, on behalf of New England Appliance Group, Franklin, MA. The delineation serves to determine the boundary of Bordering Vegetated Wetland, Bank, and potential areas of on-site stormwater basins; and their associated Buffer Zones.

The Project is located at 124 and 126 Grove Street, Map 259, Lot 3 and Lot 4, within the Industrial Zone.

The hearing will provide an open forum for the discussion. This meeting will be done remotely via the “ZOOM” platform and “In-person” in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building, 355 East Central Street. Residents can visit the Town Website (www.franklinma.gov) and click on the Town Calendar for up to date information on how to access the meeting.

All records and files for this project can be viewed at the Conservation Office located on the first floor of the Franklin Municipal Building.

Any person or organization so wishing will be afforded an opportunity to be heard.

The hearing location is accessible to persons with physical disabilities. If you require a translator or accommodations for a hearing impairment, contact the Conservation Department at the Municipal Building or by calling (508) 520-4929. 

Patrick Gallagher
Chairman



Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Why did the turtle cross the road?

Why did the turtle cross the road?

Across Massachusetts, spring is the season of movement. Hibernating animals emerge from their winter resting areas in search of food and mates. Turtles are no exception. >From mid-May to early July, thousands of turtles throughout Massachusetts travel to new areas to find food and nest. You may see turtles on roadways, in your backyard, or other unexpected locations as they move across the landscape to find resources they need to survive. Even if it's not apparent to you where they're headed, turtles have a keen sense of direction and may be on their way to wetlands or open, upland sites such as lawns, gravel pits, or roadsides for nesting. If you find a turtle, do not move it far away.

Why did the turtle cross the road?
Why did the turtle cross the road?

Protecting adult turtles during this vulnerable time can make a big difference. "Adult turtles can live past 80 years. Young turtles and eggs, on the other hand, have a variety of predators and a low chance of reaching adulthood," says Dr. Mike Jones, MassWildlife State Herpetologist. "This is why it's especially important to protect older adult turtles from cars, especially during this time of year when turtles are crossing roads more frequently." Losing any adult turtles, particularly adult females, is a serious problem that can lead to the eventual local extinction of a population.

What to do if you see a turtle in or near a road:

Be safe. Do not risk getting hurt or causing harm to others by unsafely pulling off the road or trying to dodge traffic. If the opportunity to safely move a turtle from the road occurs, move it in the direction it was heading and off the edge of the road. The turtle is trying to get to habitats and resources it needs and knows. Do not take turtles home or move them to a "better" location; turtles should not be moved more than 100 yards from where they are found.

Handle with care. Most turtles should be grasped gently along the shell edge near the mid-point of the body. However, snapping turtles are fast and have very powerful jaws that can inflict a bad bite. A snapping turtle can reach your hands if you lift it by the sides of its shell. If you must move a snapping turtle, use a broom to coax it into a plastic tub or box. Never lift a snapping turtle only by the tail; this can injure their spine.

Slow down, be observant. Watch for turtles on roadways bordered by wetlands on both sides. These areas are commonly used as crossing points. If you see one turtle crossing, there's a chance that others will be crossing soon as well.

Report busy crossing locations. Let the Town of Franklin - Conservation and MassWildlife know If you see multiple turtles crossing the road or if you see multiple turtles that have been hit by cars. Email location information to natural.heritage@mass.gov and bgoodlander@franklinma.gov

Spread the word and help protect our native turtles. In addition to five species of sea turtles that frequent our coastal areas, Massachusetts is home to ten native species of terrestrial and aquatic turtles. Six of the 10 species are protected under the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act. Learn more in our native turtles here.

MassWildlife's Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program. "Why did the turtle cross the road?" Mass.gov, 05/03/2023, https://www.mass.gov/news/why-did-the-turtle-cross-the-road

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