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

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Vernal Pools - An Important Part of the Franklin Landscape

Vernal Pools - An Important Part of the Franklin Landscape

Vernal pools play an integral part in the function of our Franklin ecosystem and are commonly found throughout the entirety of the landscape. In fact, it is quite hard to travel around Town without being at most one mile away from a vernal pool. Many vernal pools are found in wooden areas near our homes, schools, and businesses; and can be found during the spring months by following the calls of spring peepers (Pseudacris crucifer) and wood frogs (Lithobates sylvaticus). Keep reading for more vernal pool information and remember - due to the delicate nature of the vernal pool egg masses and wildlife, please do not contain, pick up, carry, or remove them. It is unlawful and causes undue harm and stress to the egg masses and animals. 

What are Vernal Pools?
(excerpted from www.mass.gov)

Vernal pools are temporary bodies of fresh water that provide important habitat for many vertebrate and invertebrate species. "Vernal", meaning spring, are filled by spring rains and snowmelt, after which they dry during the summer months. Spring aside, many vernal pools are also filled by autumn rains (i.e, "autumnal pools") and persist throughout the winter. These autumnal pools are semi-permanent and do not dry every year.

Vernal pools are often very small and shallow; in fact, many vernal pools that support rich communities of vertebrate and invertebrate animals may measure only a few yards across! However, vernal pools of several acres also occur throughout Massachusetts.

Where are Vernal Pools found?
(excerpted from www.mass.gov)

Vernal pools are common throughout Massachusetts and occur in almost every town in the state. Vernal pools are found across the landscape where small woodland depressions, swales, or "kettle holes" collect spring runoff or intercept seasonally high groundwater tables. Although it's common to associate vernal pools with dry woodland areas, vernal pools also occur in meadows, river floodplains, interdunal swales, and large vegetated wetland complexes. Vernal pool habitat can occur where water is contained more than two months in the spring and summer of most years, and where no reproducing fish populations are present. Can you guess why this is?

Why Are Vernal Pools Valuable?
(excerpted from www.mass.gov)

Vernal pools constitute a unique and increasingly vulnerable type of wetland. Vernal pools are inhabited by many species of wildlife, some of which are totally dependent on vernal pools for their survival. Vernal pools do not support fish because they dry out annually or at least periodically. Some may contain water year round, but are free of fish as a result of significant drawdowns that result in extremely low dissolved oxygen levels. The wood frog (Lithobates sylvaticus) and the four local species of mole salamander (Ambystoma spp.) have evolved breeding strategies intolerant of fish predation on their eggs and larvae; the lack of established reproducing fish populations is essential to the breeding success of these species. Other amphibian species, including the American toad (Anaxyrus americanus), spring peeper (P. crucifer), and gray treefrog (Hyla versicolor), often exploit the fish-free waters of vernal pools but use a variety of different wetland types. Vernal pools also support rich and diverse invertebrate faunas. Some invertebrates, such as the fairy shrimp (Eubranchipus spp.), are also dependent upon vernal pools. Invertebrates are both important predators and prey in vernal pool ecosystems. Vernal pools are an important habitat resource for many birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, including many species listed under the MA Endangered Species Act (M.G.L c.131A).

The Vernal Pool Boundary
(excerpted from www.mass.gov)

The shallow edges of vernal pool habitat represent one of the most ecologically valuable portions of these habitats. These areas are generally the first to thaw in the spring and provide access to the pool for the earliest breeding species. These shallow water zones also tend to be significantly warmer than the deeper portions of a vernal pool throughout the spring. Egg masses of early breeding amphibians benefit from the warmer water temperatures at the pool edges that promote rapid egg development.

For more information on Vernal Pools, please see here: https://www.mass.gov/doc/guidelines-for-the-certification-of-vernal-pool-habitat/download

To report a Vernal Pool near you, please contact the Conservation Agent via email at bgoodlander@franklinma.gov or via phone at (508) 520-4847.

Shared from Town of Franklin page -> https://www.franklinma.gov/conservation/news/vernal-pools-important-part-franklin-landscape

Vernal Pools - An Important Part of the Franklin Landscape
Vernal Pools - An Important Part of the Franklin Landscape

Monday, March 27, 2023

Town of Franklin: Franklin land owners are encouraged to attend our Converse and Conserve workshop - Mar 29

"Franklin land owners are encouraged to attend our Converse and Conserve workshop on 3/29/23 from 4 PM - 6 PM at Town Hall. Come learn more about applicable tax incentive programs for your land, resource management and endowment!

Learn more and RSVP here: https://t.co/jz4DeI9egH"

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

Town of Franklin: Franklin land owners are encouraged to attend our Converse and Conserve workshop - Mar 29
Town of Franklin: Franklin land owners are encouraged to attend our Converse and Conserve workshop - Mar 29

Saturday, March 25, 2023

Save the Date! Earth Day Celebration at the DelCarte Conservation Area - Apr 23, 2023

Sunday, April 23, 2023 from 9am to 1pm

An event for children and families! Come join the Franklin Conservation Commission, Department of Public Works, Department of Conservation and Recreation, Agricultural Commission, and others to celebrate our shared Earth on Sunday, April 23, 2023 from 9 AM to 1 PM at the DelCarte Conservation Area at 459 Pleasant Street. 

Celebrate with us by signing up for compost bins, learning about stormwater and rain gardens, enjoying a woods walk, exploring vernal pools, and more!

Overflow parking is available at 337 Pleasant Street and other side streets. Service Hours validated upon request and stewardship. See you there!

Shared from ->  https://www.franklinma.gov/conservation/news/save-date-earth-day-celebration-delcarte-conservation-area

Save the Date! Earth Day Celebration at the DelCarte Conservation Area - Apr 23, 2023
Save the Date! Earth Day Celebration at the DelCarte Conservation Area - Apr 23, 2023

Converse and Conserve Workshop - Come Learn About Programs That Allow Your Property to Work for You and Create a Family Legacy

Converse and Conserve Workshop - Come Learn About Programs That Allow Your Property to Work for You and Create a Family Legacy

Tax Incentives | Resource Management | Land Endowment

Your land is a part of your legacy. Deciding what will happen to your land after you are gone is the next critical step of being a good land steward and furthering that legacy. Who will own your land and how will it be used? What will your legacy continue to be? These are questions that the "Converse and Conserve" workshop on Wednesday, March 29 from 4p-6p at Town Hall, Room 326A can answer for you.

Join the Franklin Conservation Department, Franklin Assessor's Office, Franklin Agricultural Commission, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Metacomet Land Trust, and DDCRW Law in learning about your options. Come learn about applicable tax incentive programs for forestland, agricultural land, and open space; learn about resource management for your natural environment; and even learn how to endow your land to ensure its lifelong protection. Estate planning, whether for now or for the future, is not just for the wealthy or for those who own "estates" – if you own land, then estate planning is a necessary and valuable step to ensure that the legacy of your land is a positive one!

Food and beverages will be provided by Birchwood Bakery & Kitchen.

RSVP for a free gift. 

For more information or to RSVP contact bgoodlander@franklinma.gov/(508) 520-4847.

Shared from ->  https://www.franklinma.gov/conservation/news/converse-and-conserve-workshop-come-learn-about-programs-allow-your-property-work

Come Learn About Programs That Allow Your Property to Work for You and Create a Family Legacy
Come Learn About Programs That Allow Your Property to Work for You and Create a Family Legacy

Friday, March 24, 2023

DATE AND LOCATION CLARIFICATION - SPRUCE POND NOTICE OF INTENT - APRIL 6 CONSERVATION COMMISSION MEETING

Public Hearing for Notice of Intent filed for Spruce Pond will be on April 6, not March 22

The Conservation Commission Public Hearing for a Notice of Intent filed by SOLitude Lake Management will first begin at the April 6, 2023 Conservation Commission meeting at 7:00pm.  It is NOT on the agenda for the March 22 Conservation Commission meeting, which the March 23 meeting has been rescheduled to. 

Copies of the Notice of Intent can be emailed to anyone who makes a request, and can also be viewed at the Conservation Department in the Municipal Building on 355 East Central Street.

Shared from -> https://www.franklinma.gov/conservation/news/date-and-location-clarification-spruce-pond-notice-intent-april-6-conservation

SPRUCE POND NOTICE OF INTENT - APRIL 6 CONSERVATION COMMISSION MEETING
SPRUCE POND NOTICE OF INTENT - APRIL 6 CONSERVATION COMMISSION MEETING

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

DATE AND LOCATION CHANGE: March 23, 2023 Conservation Commission Meeting

New Date and Location: Wednesday, March 22, 2023 

at 7 PM in Room 326A at Town Hall

The Conservation Commissioner meeting scheduled for March 23, 2023 will now be held on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 at 7pm in Room 326A at Town Hall. See you there!

Read more

DATE AND LOCATION CHANGE: March 23, 2023 Conservation Commission Meeting
DATE AND LOCATION CHANGE: March 23, 2023 Conservation Commission Meeting

2023 OSRP Focus Group Meeting - Maple Hill - Wednesday, March 22

2023 OSRP Focus Group Meeting - Maple Hill - Wednesday March 22

The Conservation Commission will hold its sixth Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP) focus group meeting this Wednesday, March 22 from 6-7 PM in the Third Floor Training Room (Room 326A) of the Town Hall. 

This meeting will also be available via Zoom. Zoom login information can be found here. In case you'll miss the Wednesday meeting or would like further discussion, you are also invited to attend OSRP Office Hours Friday, March 24 between 10 and 11 AM in the third floor training room (Room 326A) at Town Hall or via Zoom. 

Bring your ideas and see you there! 

Read more


2023 OSRP Focus Group Meeting - Maple Hill - Wednesday, March 22
2023 OSRP Focus Group Meeting - Maple Hill - Wednesday, March 22

Sunday, March 19, 2023

Spruce Pond Aquatic Management Program - Notice of Intent - Conservation

Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Ch. 131, s.40 (The Wetlands Protection Act) Franklin Conservation Commission will hold a Hybrid Public Hearing on Thursday, April 6, 2023 at 7:01 PM on a Notice of Intent filed by Shawn McCarthy, SŌLitude Lake Management, Shrewsbury, MA on behalf of Paul Langley, Spruce Pond Village Association, Franklin, MA for an Aquatic Management Program to control invasive/nuisance plants and algae growth. The work will impact Land Under Water Bodies and Waterways, Bordering Vegetated Wetlands (BVW), a Perennial Stream, the 100-foot Buffer Zone to Bordering Vegetated Wetlands and the 200-foot Buffer Zone to a Perennial Stream.

The Project is located at Spruce Pond, Map 303 Lot 45, in the Residential VI 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

Spruce Pond Aquatic Management Program - Notice of Intent - Conservation
Spruce Pond

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Congratulations Commissioner Jeff Livingston - Conservation Commissioners of the Year Award 2023

Congratulations Commissioner Jeff Livingston - Conservation Commissioners of the Year Award 2023

Commissioner Jeff Livingstone has selflessly served on the Franklin Conservation Commission (FCC) for over 13 years and throughout the years has become a cornerstone of the FCC. Commissioner Livingstone has been described as having an "institutional knowledge", not just of the Wetlands Protection Act, but more importantly of the people in the community. He has proven himself time and time again to be fair, pragmatic, and committed to providing a service not just to the residents of Franklin, but to its natural resources. He is as much of an advocate for climate resiliency, wetland restoration, and natural resource protection as he is for the residents he serves. 

Commissioner Livingstone has made a career in the biochemistry and IT world, but also has a great passion for wetlands, conservation commissions, and the environment. While having a technical background in the life sciences and holding a PhD in Biochemistry, Dr. Livingstone has been heavily involved with Conservation Commission work for 13 years and was even the chair of the FCC for five. He participated in the 2016 Open Space and Recreation Plan, assisted with the master plan development for the DelCarte Recreation and Conservation Area, and is currently on the Community Preservation Committee. In his spare time when not working or hiking, Commissioner Livingstone participates in the Franklin Keystone Cooperative, which focuses on preservation of native forests and woodland. In conjunction with serving as past Chair of the Franklin Conservation Commission, Commissioner Livingstone continues to be a leader in advocacy for community outreach and has unwavering devotion to building the relationship between the Town, its people, and the Conservation Commission. Commissioner Livingstone is truly the epitome of a dedicated and involved community volunteer.

Congratulations on your award, Commissioner Livingstone. Well done, well earned, and well deserved - the FCC and Town of Franklin is lucky to have you!

Shared from ->  https://www.franklinma.gov/conservation/news/congratulations-commissioner-jeff-livingstone-conservation-commissioner-year-award

Conservation Commissioners of the Year Award 2023
Conservation Commissioners of the Year Award 2023

DATE AND LOCATION CHANGE - Maple Hill Open Space and Recreation Focus Group Meeting - March 22

DATE AND LOCATION CHANGE - Maple Hill Open Space and Recreation Focus Group Meeting

New Date and Location: Wednesday, March 22, 2023 at 6 PM in Room 326A at Town Hall

The Maple Hill Open Space and Recreation Plan focus group meeting will now be held on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 at 6 PM in Room 326A at Town Hall

Please join the Conservation Commission on the third floor and brainstorm ideas for the Maple Hill Conservation Area prior to the Master Plan process. 

See you there!

Shared from -> https://www.franklinma.gov/conservation/news/date-and-location-change-maple-hill-open-space-and-recreation-focus-group-meeting

Was previously scheduled for Thursday, Mar 23, NOW scheduled for Wednesday Mar 22

DATE AND LOCATION CHANGE - Maple Hill Open Space and Recreation Focus Group Meeting - March 22
DATE AND LOCATION CHANGE - Maple Hill Open Space and Recreation Focus Group Meeting - March 22

Saturday, February 25, 2023

25 Forge Parkway - Notice of Intent - Conservation

25 Forge Parkway - Notice of Intent - Conservation

Town of Franklin  Conservation Commission
Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Ch. 131, s.40 (The Wetlands Protection Act) Franklin Conservation Commission will hold a Hybrid Public Hearing on Thursday, March 9, 2023 at 7:01 PM on a Notice of Intent filed by Brian Jones, of Allen & Major Associates, Inc., Manchester, NH on behalf of Matthew Clark, TMC Holdings & Development 2 LLC, Bellingham, MA. The project proposes to construct a 16,000 square foot building addition, 17 additional parking spaces, and a paved contractor yard within the 100-foot Buffer Zone to Bordering Vegetated Wetlands (BVW).
The Project is located at 25 Forge Parkway, Map 275 Lot 14, 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.
Patrick Gallagher 
Chairman

Shared from Town of Franklin page ->   https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/25_forge_parkway_noi_public_hearing_notice.pdf

25 Forge Parkway - Notice of Intent - Conservation
25 Forge Parkway - Notice of Intent - Conservation

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Franklin Conservation Commission: OSRP Public Hearing Agenda - Feb 21 - 6 PM

Tuesday ->

Franklin Conservation Commission
OSRP Public Hearing Agenda 
February 21, 2023
Updated February 16, 2023
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

PUBLIC HEARING 1
 


Franklin Conservation Commission: OSRP Public Hearing Agenda - February 21, 2023 - 6 PM
Franklin Conservation Commission: OSRP Public Hearing Agenda - February 21, 2023 - 6 PM

Friday, February 3, 2023

Happy World Wetlands Day, Franklin!

Happy World Wetlands Day, Franklin!

We admit that every day is World Wetlands Day over here at Franklin Conservation. It's all we talk about! And why wouldn't we? Wetlands provide us humans with a myriad of benefits including, but definitely not limited to:

  • Dissipating stream energy for flood control
  • Producing wetland products (e.g., cranberries)
  • Sequestering sediment, contaminants, and nutrients (e.g., pollution)
  • Providing habitat to support biodiversity
  • Providing aesthetic services and recreational opportunities
  • Replenishing groundwater
  • Providing long-term carbon and water storage (important for climate change resilience!)

Franklin Conservation wishes you a very happy World Wetlands Day and encourages you to go outside - at some point, perhaps not today - and visit one our many waterbodies. We have plenty - just look at the map below!


Shared from -> https://www.franklinma.gov/conservation/news/happy-world-wetlands-day-franklin

Grove-Washington Street Shared Use Path - Notice of Intent - Conservation

Town of Franklin - Conservation Commission

Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Ch. 131, s.40 (The Wetlands Protection Act) Franklin Conservation Commission will hold a Hybrid Public Hearing on Thursday, February 23, 2023 at 7:01 PM on a Notice of Intent filed by Elyse Tripp, of BETA Group, Inc. on behalf of the Franklin Department of Public Works. The project proposes roadway improvements along Grove Street as part of the second phase of a two-phase project to improve use by motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists, including upgrades to stormwater management infrastructure, with work taking place within the 100-foot Buffer Zone to Bordering Vegetated Wetlands (BVW) and the 200-foot Buffer Zone to Perennial Streams.

The Project is located along Grove Street from its intersection with Tobacco Road to its intersection with Kenwood Circle, in the Rural Residential 1 and Industrial Zones. 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 



Grove-Washington Street Shared Use Path - Notice of Intent - Conservation
Grove-Washington Street Shared Use Path - Notice of Intent - Conservation

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

2023 OSRP Focus Group Meeting - Municipal Recreation Facilities and Parks (ADA Compliance Included) - Thursday Jan 26

2023 OSRP Focus Group Meeting - Municipal Recreation Facilities and Parks (ADA Compliance Included) 

- Thursday Jan 26 - 6 PM

The Conservation Commission will hold its second Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP) focus group meeting this Thursday, January 26 at 6 PM

In case you'll miss the meeting or would like further discussion, you are also invited to attend OSRP Office Hours Friday, January 27 between 10 and 11 AM in the third floor training room at Town Hall. 

Bring your ideas and see you there!

Shared from -> https://www.franklinma.gov/conservation/news/2023-osrp-focus-group-meeting-municipal-recreation-facilities-and-parks-ada

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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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: Conservation Commission - Request for Determination of Applicability - Jan 26, 2023

Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Ch. 131, s.40 (The Wetlands Protection Act) Franklin Conservation Commission will hold a Hybrid Public Hearing on Thursday, January 26, 2022 at 7:05 PM on a Request for Determination of Applicability filed by JNJuhl & Associates, LLC of Franklin, MA to develop a 6.5 acre portion of site into Affordable Senior Housing in the Buffer Zone of Bordering Vegetated Wetlands (BVW). This project is located on Veterans Memorial Drive.

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



senior housing expansion proposed for near Eaton Place
Franklin Ridge senior housing expansion proposed for near Eaton Place (May 8, 2019)

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

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Annual Report Of The Conservation Commission - FY 2021

Note: FY 2021 is last year (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021). The report was prepared to cover the business for the FY 2021 period. This year’s report FY 2022 (July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022) is in preparation now and is normally available for distribution at the polls for the November election. Updated - 08/15/22

Franklin Conservation Commission is responsible for promoting and protecting the Town of Franklin’s natural resources, and protecting the Town’s wetlands resources.

The Commission is comprised of seven volunteer residents appointed for three year terms by the Town
 
Administrator. Current Commission members have diverse professional experience related to environmental science, biology, engineering, and project management. Because of their different backgrounds, each commissioner is able to offer a different perspective during the review of applications for a wetland permit that ultimately benefits Franklin.

Franklin has continuously been represented at the annual conference of the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions each March, with Commissioners attending classes and workshops and talking with other Commissioners from across the state as well as lawyers, ecologists and engineers active in conservation.

The Department of Planning and Community Development provides administrative and technical support to the Commission.

Permitting of Work within or Adjacent to Wetlands Resources
The majority of the Commission’s attention is directed to administering Massachusetts and Franklin wetland protection laws and regulations. Those laws and regulations require Conservation Commission permits to work in or within 100 feet of a wetland, in the 100 year flood hazard zone, or within 200 feet of a perennial stream.

During FY21 the Conservation Agent reviewed and administratively approved 16 minor buffer zone applications.

During FY21 the Conservation Commission received 32 permit applications to work within areas under their permitting jurisdiction. In addition the Commission issued Certificates of Compliance for previously permitted projects, and granted permit extensions to allow projects to finish. 

Some of the more interesting project applications before the Commission during FY21 include the Maple Hill Subdivision that was approved, the Chilson Park Playground Expansion project that was approved, and the Cottage Street/Cottage Court/Peck Street affordable housing and stream relocation project, which was denied.

DelCarte Conservation Area
The Commission continues to work on the DelCarte Area (aka the Franklin Reservoirs) off of Pleasant Street. There are a series of seven “structures” (six dams that had been originally used for cranberry farming and a stone wall that beavers had dammed) along Miller brook thru the 100+ acre DelCarte Area.

The Commission retained the services of ESS, Inc. to undertake an ecological study to ascertain the flora and fauna viability in the pond and develop a long term management plan. This study, completed in 2015-2016 has given the Town a comprehensive understanding of exactly “what is there” and includes a management plan to help keep the area viable as a true recreational jewel. The first two phases of the plan’s recommendations, the treatment of invasive plant species was undertaken in the spring/summer of 2017-2019. The Town appropriated Capital improvement funds to help implement the next phases of this study in 2019-2020. The pond’s invasive species were treated again throughout the summer of 2021.

The Commission is currently in the process of working with a local boy scout who is proposing adding informational and directional kiosks to the DelCarte area to help hikers better navigate the trails.

The Commission collects application fees for all permits that come before them. These fees paid for, among other things, the studies on the DelCarte recreation area and thus allowed the Commission to truly understand the issues facing the town in maintaining this area for quality recreation.

The Commission plans on holding an Earth Day celebration and clean up at DelCarte on October 16, 2021.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, public hearings are being held in the Council Chambers in a hybrid meeting style that residents and applicants can attend in person, or virtually, via Zoom.

There is a whole lot more to the Conservation Commission section of this annual report but the tables and other info were not easily copied for this format. 

Find the remainder of the Conservation Commission report on page  119


The full Annual Report for 2021 can be found

The collection of Annual Reports can be found online

Annual Town Report Of The Town Clerk’s Office - FY 2021
Annual Report Of The Town of Franklin - FY 2021

Saturday, July 9, 2022

Legal Notice: public hearing on Beaver St interceptor project - July 21, 2022

Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Ch. 131, s.40 (The Wetlands Protection Act) Franklin Conservation Commission will hold a Hybrid Public Hearing on Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 7:02 PM on a Notice of Intent filed by Amy Anderson of Arcadis on behalf of Franklin Department of Public Works for the rehabilitation, replacement, and general improvements to the interceptor, as well as a new pump station on the property at 275 Beaver Street. The work will impact the Riverfront Area, Bordering Vegetated Wetlands, the 100-foot Bordering Vegetated Wetlands Buffer and the 200-foot Riverfront Area Buffer.

The Project begins at the end of an existing sewer line northwest of Franklin Village Mall and follows the line under West Central Street until Beaver Street; then along Beaver Street to Hayward Street and ends on Cottage Street. The work also involves a sewer line that runs from Beaver Street to Grove Street and along West Central Street until the intersection of Forge Parkway.

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



Legal Notice: public hearing on Beaver St interceptor project - July 21, 2022
Legal Notice: public hearing on Beaver St interceptor project - July 21, 2022