The Hanover Conservation Commission consists of seven full members and up to three alternate members appointed by the Board of Selectmen for three-year terms. In addition, one member of the Board of Selectmen serves as a liaison with the Commission, as does one member of the Hanover Conservancy, a private, local, non-profit conservation organization. Often a Planning Board member also serves as a member of the Conservation Commission.
The Commission's core mission includes:
- Preserving and protecting the Town's natural resources, such as the Town Forest, trails, wetlands and water bodies, open space, views, and wildlife habitat;
- Supporting and advising the Board of Selectmen, the Planning Board, and the Zoning Board of Adjustment regarding conservation issues;
- Implementing the Open Space Priorities Plan through solicitation of land and easements and the use of the Conservation Fund, and the development, extension, and maintenance of our trail network;
- Educating the public as to the importance of natural resource preservation and open space protection;
- Monitoring conservation easements and landowners' adherence to their terms and conditions;
- Coordinating with efforts of other conservation organizations.