Conservation Commission Minutes

May 022017

Braintree Conservation Commission

Unapproved Minutes– Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Submitted by Linda Morse, Secretary


Present:        Tom Cooch, Paul Shriver, Linda Morse

Absent:          Joan Richmond-Hall, Sanders Stephen


  1. Public comment – none
  2. BCC Minutes for March 23, 2017 – Approved
  3. Focus area discussions:

Invasive Species – Japanese Knotweed has been the main focus in this past year. The most recent invasive species to gain attention is Common Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica). Commission will switch its focus to this species. A tool for removal has been ordered. It will be available to Braintree residents. Megan O’Toole has provided a waiver to protect Town from liability. The next species that needs more attention is Wild Parsnip (Pastinaca sativa); similar to chervil, but yellow and can cause burns if handled. Action: Tom will talk to Jeff of Road crew about best way to manage parsnip, especially in timing of roadside mowing. Action: Linda will write article for inclusion in the BCC newsletter. Japanese Knotweed – discussion on the best management practices. Work parties may be effective. Need to explore the possible use of Roundup application, including any State requirements for training

Renewable Energy Planning for Braintree: No report

Roadside Trees – Discussion on who in town is responsible for educating residents about responsibilities and rights. Conservation Commission can play an important role in getting information out. There was agreement that the new web-based BCC newsletter is one way to distribute information.

  1. Web-based Newsletter – Tom recommended that Town website include Conservation Commission announcements and a way for residents to sign up for the newsletter. It could include articles on topics of interest (e.g. hiking trails). People will be able to unsubscribe or sign up on line. Linda moved and Paul seconded motion to move ahead on the online newsletter. Approved. Second motion for Holly to set up the website was approved.
  2. Other business – At future meeting, request Sandy to talk about TROQ meeting on clean water requirements; ask Joan to discuss the energy planning for Braintree.
  3. Meeting adjourned at 7:47pm


Next Braintree Conservation Commission meeting:

Wed. May 24, 7pm at Town offices.

Mar 312017

Braintree Conservation Commission Unapproved Minutes– Thursday, March 23, 2017 Submitted by Linda Morse, Secretary   Present:        Tom Cooch, Sanders Stephen, Paul Shriver, Linda Morse Absent:          Joan Richmond-Hall   Election of officers: Chair – Tom Cooch; Secretary – Linda Morse Discussion of current issues identified by the Commission as carrying forward into this year and assignments. … Read more >>

Feb 272017

Braintree Conservation Commission – Minutes of Meeting of Feb. 22, 2017   Present: Linda Morse, Tom Cooch, Paul Shriver, Sandy Stephen Absent: Joan Richmond-Hall   Minutes Clarifying BCC minutes – Use agenda as outline for minutes; include sufficient detail to understand nature of discussion and actions by Commission; post to Town website as soon as … Read more >>

Oct 052016

Braintree Conservation Commission 28 Sept. 2016   Attending:          Tom Cooch, Sandy Stephen, Linda Morse, Paul Shriver, Joan Richmond-Hall   Meeting commenced at 7:05 pm.   Minutes of the August meeting were approved.   Knotweed mapping: The map has been expanded a bit by Tom.   Tom has proposed a resolution to authorize the CC and … Read more >>

Sep 132016

Braintree Conservation Commission meeting of 24 August 2016   Attending: Sandy Stephens, Linda Morse, Joan Richmond-Hall   Public: Tom Cooch   Convened at 7:04 pm   July minutes?   Knotweed mapping progress Tom has been in touch with Pete Fellows @ TRORC who suggested Google fusion tables: when you enter latitude & longitude map the app will … Read more >>

Sep 132016

Braintree Conservation Commission of 27 July 2016   Attending: Linda Morse, Sandy Stevens, Paul Shriver, Joan Richmond-Hall   Convened at 7 pm.   Knotweed: Members of the conservation committee spent a morning battling some patches of knotweed with pick and shovel. The knotweed was moved to the gravel pit and covered with a tarp. One … Read more >>

Jun 232016

Joint meeting of the Braintree Conservation & Planning Commissions 22 June 2016   Attending:  Linda Morse, Megan O’Toole, Sandy Stevens, Jenn Phipps, Linda Doane, Bob Moyer, Malcolm Fitzgerald, Joan Richmond-Hall   Convened at 7:10 pm   Discussed issues of energy siting CC will review TRORC regional plan regarding intersection of energy & conservation. PC will … Read more >>

May 262016

Braintree CC meeting of 25 May 2016   Attending: Linda Morse, Megan O’Toole, Paul Shriver, Joan Richmond-Hall   Convened at 7:03 pm.   Minutes approved unanimously.   TRORC has several potential grant opportunities that we might consider pursuing. A planning grant might be appropriate for CC and PC to work jointly on RE citing.   … Read more >>

Apr 292016

Braintree Conservation Commission: Minutes of 27 April 2016   Attending: Linda Morse, Megan O’Toole, Sandy Stevens, Paul Shriver   Convened at 7:10 pm.   Last month’s minutes were approved unanimously.   CC’s budget is flexible. We haven’t spent any funds yet & still have $850 until 30 June. We are likely to be given the … Read more >>

Mar 312016

Braintree Conservation Commission Meeting Minutes March 30, 2016   Location: Braintree Town Hall Members Present: Linda Morse, Paul Shriver, Megan O’Toole, Sandy Stephen   Meeting called to order at 7:05pm   1) Welcome to Sandy Stephen, our newest member who was appointed by the Selectboard on March 2, 2016.   2) Election of Officers   … Read more >>