The Hanover Conservation Commission consists of seven full members and up to three alternate members appointed by the Selectboard for three-year terms. In addition, one member of the Selectboard 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 Selectboard, 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