Matt Lepore

Conservation Commission Chair

I would like to share some updates on activities by the conservation commission recently:

*A weather program has recently been adopted. A weather station will be installed at the town hall complex which will provide live data the public can access 24/7/365. This data will also be shared with the National Weather Service. Litchfield received statewide attention for this program.

*The US Fish and Wildlife Service is looking to create a wildlife refuge and is considering Litchfield. The refuge will be named Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge.

*We moved our meeting time up to 6:30 to allow more time to discuss business. *Wheels are in motion with the Rec. Commission and a few private citizens to get the fishing derby going again.

*Dianne Plansky is hard at work on a community garden.

*We are at work on a conservation plan and policies to bring direction towards land acquisitions and land management. A subcommittee was approved for a land preservation plan. Contact Jayson Brennen or me if you are interested in joining. *I would like to continue to update the town on conservation news, so please let me know if you would like to learn more about what we are up to or if you would like to be involved.

*A new walking trail has been approved at the Muster Field and will extend the walk along the Merrimack River.