Conservation Commission

Meetings

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

Members

  • Thomas Kahl, Chair
    Term Ends: August 24, 2024
  • Katie Mann, Vice Chair
    Term Ends: March 20, 2027
  • Skylar Claud
    Term Ends July 31, 2027
  • Mary Erdei, Selectboard Liaison 
  • Mary Hutchins
    Term Ends: October 30, 2027
  • Ted Levin
    Term Ends: November 15, 2025
  • Chris Beetham
    Term Ends: August 7, 2027
  • Mike Harris
    Term Ends: August 7, 2027

Overview

The Hartford Conservation Commission was established in 1990.

Charge

  • Acquire and protect valuable wildlife habitat, scenic view shed and watershed areas.
  • Develop an inventory of natural resources throughout Hartford.
  • Educate and increase awareness of conservation and recreation goals and impacts.
  • Encourage recreational uses consistent with the preservation of the natural beauty that exists within our town.
  • Maintain and preserve natural areas.

Mission Statement

To identify and protect Hartford's natural resources, to educate our community about natural heritage, and to foster local environmental stewardship.

Town Forest Recreation Management Plan

In 2021, the Hartford Conservation Commission updated the Recreational Management Plan for the Hartford Town Forest.

Town Forest Resource Assessment & Forest Management Plan

During 2019 and 2020, The Conservation Commission worked with County Forester A.J. Follensbee on an update of the Town Forest Resource Assessment and Forest Management Plan (TFRA and FMP). On November 2, 2020, the Hartford Selectboard adopted the plan. In addition, a remote community meeting on the update of the Forest Management Plan for the Hartford Town Forest was held on Wednesday, July 15, 2020.

View photos of the June 3, 2023 Town Forest Work Day (PPT)

On January 31, 2022, the Conservation Commission hosted a community meeting on the planned 2023 Timber Harvest. View the meeting agenda and minutes from the January 31, 2022 meeting.

See a series of videos that County Forester A.J. Follensbee has put together on forest management and the planned winter 2022 to 2023 timber harvest.

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