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<< Back to: Member News: ICLEI e-News | issue 8, June - July 2007

The Conservation Commission protecting the ecosystem in Ayer

September 19, 2007

The Conservation Commission in Ayer (U.S.A.) is responsible for regulating any proposed work or activity that will remove, dredge, fill or alter an area subject to protection.  Its members are the city clerk and other local government officials, with members of the public welcomed as associate members.

The Ayer 2005 Comprehensive Plan includes conservation elements that will be overseen by the Conservation Commission.  These include:

  • adopting a local wetland protection bylaw;
  • extending protection to isolated wetlands and intermittent streams that are inadequately protected (or not protected at all);
  • establishing local ‘no-disturbance’ and ‘no-build’ zones;
  • establishing a reasonable fee schedule for permit applications under the local bylaw, using the revenue to provide adequate professional support for the Conservation Commission; and
  • using these fees to leverage conservation restrictions in certain areas.

Because local government is tasked with service provision and ensuring that social and economic development needs within the carrying capacity of the biological resource base, local government is an important manager of global biodiversity. ICLEI has established the Local Action for Biodiversity (LAB) project to explore the best ways for local governments to engage in effective biodiversity protection, utilization and management. For more information on LAB, please visit www.iclei.org/biodiversity <http://www.iclei.org/biodiversity>.

Ayer is one of 205 local governments in the U.S.A. that are currently Members of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability.  For more information on ICLEI and its activities in the U.S.A., please visit www.iclei.org/usa.

Source:  Ayer Comprehensive Plan 2005.