Conservation Commission


Members

  • Peter Slovinsky, Chair - 2019
  • J. Anton Bodor - 2018
  • Iver Carlsen - 2017
  • Benjamin Keller - 2017
  • Suzan Nixon - 2017
  • Rachel Hendrickson - 2018
  • Charles Spanger - 2019

Updates

Sea Level Vulnerability and Resiliency      

Road Infrastructure Assessment
This report was generated by the Saco Bay Sea Level Adaptation working Group (SLAWG) for the purpose of identifying and assessing the potential impacts of several different scenarios of sea level rise or storm surge on both public and private roads within the Saco Bay region.

An overview of potential marsh migration in response to sea level rise scenarios.

Building off the efforts of the Vulnerability Assessment for Saco Bay, the work group developed an Action Plan of implementation strategies for regional solutions.

The Scarborough Conservation Commission meets on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 PM at the Scarborough Municipal Building. A sign board in the lobby will indicate the meeting room. Contact the Town Clerk for meeting agendas and minutes. Meetings are open to the public.

Mission Statement

Scarborough's natural resources are a unique and irreplaceable asset. Within the Town's boundaries exist seashore, salt and freshwater marsh, wetlands, forest, uplands, tidal rivers and streams which are home to varied and unique species of wildlife. Few towns in Maine have the diverse resources as exist in Scarborough, which provide critical habitat for shore birds and other avian species, shellfish beds, fish nurseries, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. These natural resources and habitat are being lost or threatened as Scarborough continues to be one of the fastest growing towns in Maine.

The Conservation Commission's primary responsibility is to increase awareness of the value of our natural resources, work to identify and reduce potential damage to these natural areas and to proactively work with Town Staff, other committees, and local organizations to encourage sustainable stewardship of these resources.

Resources

Backyard Composting: Jump Start Your Garden & Save Money While Healing the Earth

Did you realize that approximately 28% of Scarborough's waste stream is compostable organics?  This represents about 2,200 tons of material that could be enriching your garden and soil.  Why buy fertilizer or compost, when you can make it for free? Click the links below to gain valuable tips and insights into the whys, whats and how-tos of creating your own compost, "Nature's black gold".


Other



Activities

The Conservation Commission undertakes a variety of tasks including working with the Town Council, Ordinance Committee, and Staff to review and refine natural resource related ordinances, various educational projects, and maintaining an informative and useful website. The Commission is closely involved with the Scarborough Land Conservation Trust, the Friends of Scarborough Marsh, and the Town of Scarborough Parks and Conservation Land Board.

Authority

The Maine State law gives conservation commissions:
  • The authority to conduct research, in conjunction with the Planning Board, into local land area.
  • Keep an index of all open areas within the town for the purpose of obtaining information relating to the proper protection, development or use of those open areas.
  • Coordinate activities of conservation bodies.
  • Distribute educational information.
  • Recommend programs for the better use and protection of open areas, whether publicly or privately owned, including open marshlands, swamps and other wetlands.
Source: MRSA, Title 30 [EXIT SITE]
Liaisons

Jay Chace
Senior Planner
Phone: (207) 730-4047
Email: jchace

Katy Foley
Town Councilor
Phone: (207) 730-2081
Email: kfoley