Open Space Plan Meeting
On behalf of the Woodstock Conservation Commission I would like to invite all Woodstock residents to attend the first of a series of public meetings on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 7-9 p.m. at the Woodstock Town Office.
The Woodstock Conservation Commission has been working on developing an Open Space Plan which will describe and prioritize the important natural resources in Woodstock such as: riparian lands and wetlands, rare plant and animal habitat, large unfragmented working forestland, deer wintering yards, scenic areas, recreational trails for hiking and snowmobiling, etc. We want to find out from Woodstock residents what natural resources are most important to them.
The Open Space Plan is a follow-up to the Woodstock Comprehensive Plan, passed in 2003, which states that one goal among many others is: "To conserve and protect natural resources in Woodstock and those it shares."
At the meeting on Tuesday, there will be a power point presentation showing many of Woodstock’s special places, and various maps will be available for people to review and comment on. The Open Space Plan is currently a draft and there will be two additional public meetings on Feb. 8 and March 8, before the final vote at the Town Meeting on March 28.
The final Open Space Plan to be voted on at the Town Meeting will make recommendations for various ways that Woodstock can conserve and protect its most important natural resources. The next stage would be to implement, with the approval of Woodstock voters, some of the recommendations. The Woodstock Conservation Commission feels that identifying, prioritizing, and implementing conservation and protection of the most important natural resources is the most effective method to plan for the future of Woodstock. We believe that this is one of the best ways to avoid future conflict about development vs. protection of natural resources.
Chair, Woodstock Conservation Commission