During this time of public health concern relative to Covid-19, the Conservation Commission is hosting remote meetings. Please refer to our Remote Participation Information Sheet for more details. Also, please feel free to contact the Planning & Economic Development Department with any questions at 207-282-3487.
Meeting ID: 821 0183 4098
Call in: +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
The Conservation Commission is an advisory board to the City Council, the Planning Board, and the Zoning Board of Appeals on issues dealing with the environment. The Commission conducts research into local land use and makes recommendations to assist in preservation and enhancement of natural resources of the City. The Commission also provides environmental and technical assistance during the review of development proposals and the development of new land use ordinances.
The river, beaches, wetlands, forests, and fields are a major draw to our community. Conservation Commission members are passionate about the environment and natural resources, and work to protect, promote, and raise awareness about them by engaging local community members. The Conservation Commission is active with other groups across the State, including The Nature Conservancy, the Saco Bay Land Trust, U.S. Department of Interior - Fish and Wildlife Service, the Maine Association of Conservation Commissions, and many city departments and local groups.
Conservation Commission Meetings
The Conservation Commission meets the third Wednesday of the month at 5:30 PM.
Meetings, Agendas & Minutes
Karl Carrigan, Chair
Michael Burman, Council Liaison
Amy Safford, Secretary
Jessa Berna, Economic Development Specialist, Staff Liaison
Interested in conservation?
We are always searching for enthusiastic, energetic and committed individuals to help us with projects such as trails, recreation, water quality testing, beach profile study, educational projects, etc.
Apply online to join the Saco Conservation Commission.
The Saco Conservation Commission was established under Maine State Law MRSA, Title 31 and by Saco City Ordinance and is charged with being the "environmental conscience" of the City. Also the Commission works in conjunction with the Planning Board on the protection and utilization of environmentally sensitive areas. Better utilization, development and protection of open areas are goals of the Commission.
Natural Resource Inventory:
- Goosefare Brook and Marsh Areas (including ocean front)
- Saco Heath (link to Nature Conservancy)
- Cascade Brook Falls - State of Maine Critical Area, Critical Areas Program
- Saco River
- Grant Brook - across Jesse Gaye's property
- Islands - Thunder Island, Eagle Island, Bluff Island, Stratton Island, Ram Island
- None Such River Fault - State of Maine Critical Area
- Deer Wintering Areas- as shown on the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Essential Habitat maps (link to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife)
- Rendezvous Point, Cemetery Springs, Phillips Road, Jenkins Road, Heath Road, Seal Rock, Short Pond and Long Pond
- Ferry Beach State Park - State of Maine Critical area
- Haley Field
- Jubilee Park ( formerly Poors Island)
- Pepperell Park
- Maremont Little League Park
- Saco River Cataract Falls
- Sweetser property
- Saco Country Club
- Saco Tannery Pits Wildlife Refuge - owned by State of Maine
- Blue Line Streams - as listed in the Fish and Wildlife Resources book
- Wildlife and marine life can live dependent on area
- Recreational use
- Uniqueness of site; one of a kind
- Water and vegetation resources
- Historical value
- Goosefare Brook Watershed Study
- Hazardous Waste Collection
- Recycle Awareness and Education