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Open Space Committee

MISSION: The mission of the Open Space Committee (OSC) is to:

  • Serve as a resource to provide information about conservation options
  • Review, revise and propose relevant by laws and policies
  • Facilitate land conservation projects/act as liaison between applicant and Town
  • Assist in the development of proposals to the Community Preservation Committee, when possible
  • Implement the Open Space Plan
  • Work with landowners, committees, and conservation organizations to achieve objectives that provide public benefit to the town


  • Janet Chayes, Chair
  • Jack Farrell
  • Steve Jackson
  • Andrew Levchuk
  • Mac McCoy
  • Michele Turre

If you are interested in serving on the OSC please contact Janet Chayes at 413 768-7416 (cell) or

MEETINGS: The OSC generally meets monthly on Tuesdays at 7:30 pm in the Selectboard office; we welcome your input! Please contact Janet Chayes (see above) for more information.

2013 Open Space and Recreation Plan

The Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP) is a long-term vision and 7-Year Action Plan for the Town and its residents. It provides a comprehensive inventory of the town’s natural, cultural, agricultural, and recreational resources, and an analysis of the Town’s open space and recreation needs. The 7-Year Action Plan contains specific recommendations that, if implemented by town boards, committees and residents, will help to protect the town’s natural resources and open spaces and provide residents with recreation opportunities. This current, state-approved OSRP enables us to apply for open space and recreation grant funding: Open Space and Recreation Plan, 2013.

Natural History Assessment and Recommendations for South River Meadow

The Town Administrator notified the Open Space Committee (OSC) that funds from a special state grant remained available to implement the Open Space & Recreation Plan. These were used for a Clearing the Way: Invasive Plant Demo with Naturalist Laurie Sanders in September. Over 25 participants learned safe and effective control methods for their own property. The demonstration was held at the Shelburne Falls Rd. town field – renamed the South River Meadow by joint agreement of the Ad-Hoc Park and Open Space Committees. Citizens are encouraged to review A Natural History Assessment and Recommendations for that meadow at South River Meadow Abridged Presentation Renamed 12_13_16

Climate Change Resiliency Plan

FRCOG has released its report on climate change resiliency in the Deerfield River watershed. Click here to read it: