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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 p.m. – we welcome your input! Please contact Janet Chayes for more information.

Open Space & Recreation Plan Update

The Town of Conway wants to know what you think! We are working with the Franklin Regional Council of Governments to update our Open Space and Recreation Plan – a tool through which Conway plans for the future of its conservation and recreation resources and becomes eligible for certain conservation and recreation grants. The public comment period is now open for the DRAFT 2021 Open Space and Recreation Plan.

DRAFT 2021 Open Space and Recreation Plan for Public Review
DRAFT 2021 Open Space and Recreation 7-Year Action Plan for Public Review
DRAFT 2021 Open Space and Recreation Plan Maps for Public Review
October 19th Open Space and Recreation Plan Forum Presentation

The comment period runs until runs until October 29th. A hard copy of the document and maps are also available at the Field Memorial Library.

Please submit feedback to

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: