Renewed Support for Conservation in S. Thomaston
The Georges River Land Trust has partnered with the local town conservation commissions throughout the lower Georges River watershed, which has been a wonderful way to hear, respond and engage in local priorities relative to the protection and care of their woodlands, shoreline, wetlands, farms, scenic and recreational places.
A conservation commission is a municipal advisory board that is created by a town, city or plantation through its legislative body (i.e. town meeting or municipal council). The commission has a few duties that are required by state law, but the most active ones do at least three things: they educate community members about local environmental issues; advise elected officials regarding environmental policies and practices; and organize and implement initiatives that address community environmental concerns.
At the South Thomaston annual town meeting this year, with over 200 residents attending, the Conservation Commission was unanimously voted back into existence. Theo Pratt, one of the members of the group diligently working to re-create the Commission, expressed the following:
“A group of South Thomaston residents has been working for over a year to have the South Thomaston Conservation Commission, which has been dormant for many years, re-established. They have been doing shoreline cleanups, trail maintenance and water quality monitoring on the Weskeag River while they waited for the town to act. At the annual town meeting, a vote was taken and the ordinance to re-establish was passed. Many thanks to Annette Naegel of GRLT who has advised the group and who was present at the meeting to lend her support. We look forward to taking our place among the other Conservation Commissions in our area.”
Congratulations South Thomaston! We are looking forward to an enhanced partnership.