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Conservation Commission

Remote Meetings: 
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. 

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Meeting ID: 821 0183 4098
Passcode: 2020
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. 

Celebrating the Rich Natural Legacy of Saco!

The Saco Conservation Commission has teamed up with local students to help showcase the city's natural beauty and accessibility. Looking for the best spot in Saco? Get started with our curated map of 16 trails, beaches and parks. This interactive StoryMap includes GPS-enabled trail maps, essential details about each site and photography to entice you to start exploring. Click here or on the image below to visit the interactive StoryMap. 

Conservation Commission Meetings
The Conservation Commission meets the third Wednesday of the month at 5:30 PM.

Meetings, Agendas & Minutes


Melissa Field, Co-chair
Alex MacPhail, Co-chair
Amy Safford, Secretary
Thomas Klak
Natalie Ben-Ami
Ashley Salguero-Gonzalez
Craig Shain
Ellen Speirs
Michael Burman, Council Liaison
Jessa Berna, Economic Development Specialist, Staff Liaison

Interested in joining the Conservation Commission?

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.

Natural Resource Inventory:
  • Goosefare Brook and Marsh Areas (including ocean front)
  • Saco Heath
  • 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 
  • 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
The Conservation Commission has developed this list by evaluating individual sites for the following criteria:
  • Wildlife and marine life can live dependent on area
  • Recreational use
  • Uniqueness of site; one of a kind
  • Water and vegetation resources
  • Historical value
We are a partner with the Saco Department of Public Works on a number of projects, including:
  • Goosefare Brook Watershed Study
  • Hazardous Waste Collection
  • Recycle Awareness and Education
  • Adopt-A-Highway