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Conservation Commission

The Conservation Commission

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. 

The Saco Conservation Commission meets at Saco City Hall on the fourth Monday of every month. 

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.

Alex MacPhail, Chair
Lynn Copeland, Council Liaison
Craig Burgess
Karl Carrigan
Eduard Chenette
Ryan Gorman
Thomas Klak
Katy Nicketakis
Amy Safford

Marty Birmingham
Larissa Crockett
Melissa Fields
Rachel Trefsger - Associate

July 23, 2018
April 23, 2018 
March 5, 2018

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

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