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Ashburnham, MA Open Space and Recreation Committee

Town or Ashburnham
Open Space and Recreation Committee
Proposed Mission Statement
The Open Space Committee and Recreation (OSRC) is an advisory group that promotes land conservation and access to passive recreation in the Town of Ashburnham.

The goals of the OSRC are as follows:
1. To implement the open space conservation and recreation goals of the Town’s Open Space and Recreation Plan: The OSRP is a working document that must be assessed and updated every 5 years. Historically this has been done once near the end of 5 years after an intensive hard push effort by ConCom. The OSRP Committee proposes to keep track of changes in ownership and status during those five years and assess the Plan’s progress. The OSRP Committed would use this data to update, amend and enhance its multi-year action. This method would ensure greater accuracy and efficiency, and yield a better end result;
2. Protect natural resources and natural landscapes: Ashburnham is situated at the headwaters of 3 major watersheds; the Millers River, the Nashua River and the Souhegan River. Our stewardship significantly impacts water quality for a great many communities in two states. Identifying and documenting which of our parcels have the greatest impact on those water resources and protecting them is crucial to meeting an increasing responsibility;

3. Increase and maintain passive recreational opportunities on conserved land and water resources: Numerous surveys have indicated that Ashburnham’s best economic structure would be best served with recreation/tourism as its focus. The OSRP Committee would work to create new opportunities for passive recreation and enhance current ones by connecting conserved areas of the Town, as well as areas across Town and State borders;

4. Work towards strengthening our economy by providing and enhancing existing opportunities for eco-tourism; ie: hiking, biking, trails, geo-caching, etc., – activities that would draw visitors to town who would then visit our local businesses and perhaps stimulate the creation of more.

5. Protect and preserve the rural and historic character of the Town;

6. Promote partnerships between and provide assistance to; Town Boards and Commissions, local land trusts, governmental agencies and private landowners to advance conservation of the Town’s land and water resources;

OSRC Members are appointed by Selectmen for three-year terms. The OSRC works with Town Boards and Commissions, as well as private organizations and landowners to develop opportunities for land conservation and passive recreation, which may be funded by the Town and various state, federal and private grant sources. Land may be permanently conserved by conservation restriction or through ownership of the land by an appropriate Town, state, federal or non-profit entity.

For Town:Ashburnham, MA 
Name:Open Space and Recreation Committee
Chair:Lorraine Desouza
Clerk:(see Members, below)
Members:Lorraine DeSouza, Chair
Marshall Dennis, Conservation Commission, Ex-Officio Chair
Anna Wilkins, Executive Director of the North County Land Trust
Gary Howland, Ashburnham Conservation Trust, President
Cec Snow, Ashburnham Conservation Trust
Chris Picone, Ashburnham Conservation Commission
Janet Morrison, Advisor
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Regular Meetings

This board meets fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM at Town Hall Zoom Meeting. The next meeting is Tuesday June 22, 2021 6 PM EDT.   Show List....

Open Space and Recreation Committee Upcoming Meetings

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Jun 22, 2021
6 PM EDT
Town Hall
Zoom Meeting
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Open Space and Recreation Committee Documents

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AOSRP Updated 2017 Reduced.pdf  (download) 20672 Kb Feb 7, 2019 10:59 AM EST
DLTA RSD 2019(1).pdf  (download) 3188 Kb Mar 1, 2019 2:48 PM EST
chapter_2-land_use.pdf  (download) 1226 Kb Mar 1, 2019 2:48 PM EST
montachusett_region_hazard_mitigation_plan_may_2016.pdf  (download) 25041 Kb Mar 13, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

Past Meetings

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May 25, 2021
6 PM EDT
Town Hall
Zoom Meeting
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Apr 27, 2021
6 PM EDT
Town Hall
Zoom Meeting
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Apr 26, 2021
6 PM EDT
Zoom Meeting Not Available Details and Agenda...
Mar 23, 2021
6 PM EDT
Town Hall
Zoom Meeting
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Feb 23, 2021
6 PM EST
Town Hall
Zoom Meeting
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Feb 16, 2021
6 PM EST
Zoom Meeting Not Available Details and Agenda...
Jan 26, 2021
6 PM EST
Town Hall
Zoom Meeting
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Nov 24, 2020
5:30 PM EST
remote meeting Not Available Details and Agenda...
Oct 28, 2020
4:30 PM EDT
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Sep 22, 2020
5:30 PM EDT
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Aug 25, 2020
5:30 PM EDT
Zoom Meeting Not Available Details and Agenda...
Jul 28, 2020
5:30 PM EDT
Cancelled Not Available Details and Agenda...
Jun 25, 2020
3 PM EDT
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Jun 23, 2020
5:30 PM EDT
Cancelled Not Available Details and Agenda...
May 28, 2020
3 PM EDT
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87382177904?pwd=YjBGMS9ocHoxdTk5WjV4cHlYMVBwQT09 Minutes Available Details and Agenda...
May 26, 2020
5:30 PM EDT
Town Hall
Lower Level
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Apr 28, 2020
5:30 PM EDT
Cancelled Not Available Details and Agenda...
Mar 24, 2020
5:30 PM EDT
Cancelled Not Available Details and Agenda...
Jan 29, 2020
5:30 PM EST
Town Hall
Lower Level Meeting Room
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Dec 2, 2019
6 PM EST
Steven's Memorial Library
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Nov 26, 2019
5:30 PM EST
Town Hall
LL05
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Oct 4, 2019
3 PM EDT
Town Hall
Lower Level Meeting Room
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Sep 9, 2019
11:32 AM EDT
Town Hall
Lower Level Meeting Room
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Aug 2, 2019
3 PM EDT
Town Hall
Lower Level Meeting Room
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Jun 7, 2019
3 PM EDT
Town Hall
Lower Level Meeting Room
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May 3, 2019
3 PM EDT
Town Hall
Lower Level Meeting Room
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Apr 5, 2019
3 PM EDT
Town Hall
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Mar 1, 2019
3 PM EST
Lower Level Meeting Room Minutes Available Details and Agenda...
Feb 18, 2019
5:30 PM EST
Town Hall
Lower Level Meeting Room
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For information on older meetings, please contact the Town Clerk.

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