The Trumbull Conservation Commission has announced a public meeting on December 18 to seek comment and suggestions for Trumbull’s Natural Resource Inventory (NRI). The goal of the NRI project is to support the Town of Trumbull’s natural assets of open space, rivers and streams, and parks that protect the quality of the environment and thereby, to add to the Town’s economic, residential and recreational values. Topics to be discussed include open space, flooding, wildlife and native species, and the environmental and public health contributions of natural resources.
Invited guests along with the general public will participate in a workshop to identify and prioritize questions the community would like to see addressed in the NRI. “We have tremendous talent and resources within Trumbull for such a task, and solid examples from other Connecticut towns that have recently completed their NRI assignment,” said Don Watson, Conservation Commission member who is co-chair of the NRI along with Joanne Parsons.
Watson went on to say, “The Town’s newly completed GIS mapping system enables us to map and thus plan best strategies to protect our natural resources, wetlands and open spaces. Added support is provided by the Pequonnock Watershed Plan, recently completed and approved by the State’s Department of Energy and Environment. It qualifies the Town for grants to improve its open spaces, through projects such as the recently completed streamside buffer in Old Mine Park.” The Commission believes that their work on the NRI will be helpful to the town as they develop the Plan of Conservation and Development currently under way.
The December 18th meeting will be held at 7:00 pm in the Helen Plumb Building at 571 Church Hill Road, Trumbull. All are invited to attend. Questions or comments prior to the meeting can be directed to Don Watson at EarthRise001@SBCglobal.net.
The Conservation Commission is a science-based advisory commission that oversees the protection and supervision of natural resources in Trumbull. It acts in an advisory capacity to the town's regulatory land use boards, as well as makes recommendations regarding open-space, watershed plans, and natural resource preservation.