Natural Resources Commission
The Natural Resources Commission consists of 5 volunteer members who each serve a three-year term. The Commission:Provides stewardship, education, and advocacy for the protection of the Town s park, conservation, recreation, and open space systemsHas statutory responsibilities of Park Commissions, Conservation Commission, Tree Wardens, Shade Tree and Pest Control Officers, and Town Forest CommitteeOversees special committees such as the Morses Pond Management and Pesticide Awareness CommitteesAdministers the Conservation Fund
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JOAN E. GAUGHAN
Why are you running for this office? What are your top priorities?
NRC Commissioner, 10yr.+
Trails Committee member
TMM 12 yr+
I have been on the Natural Resources Commission for over a decade and feel we have accomplished a great deal but see so much more that needs to be done.
I am proud of our accomplishments in Fuller Brook Park, with our healthy Morses Pond, our pesticide awareness campaigns, our completed Open Space Plan and our encroachment corrections.
Top priorities for the future would be to continue to maintain our past projects and to continue to create a more sustainable Wellesley though new initiatives such as food composting, enhanced recycling efforts and banning of more harmful, non recyclable materials.
I hope I have earned you vote to continue to serve the town as an NRC commissioner. You have my promise that I will be diligent in protecting and enhancing Wellesley's natural resources.
Town Meeting Member (Precinct E); Sustainable Wellesley member; Co-chair of Power to Choose campaign
The conservation areas in Wellesley were an important reason why my husband and I moved here with our two boys in 2010. I am running for the Natural Resources Commission because I wish to protect the shared environment of our town.
I have been a physician and a scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital for more than 15 years. If I am elected to the Natural Resources Commission, I will bring a public health perspective to the stewardship of our town’s natural resources. In particular, I will work to secure the repair of the more than 200 ongoing natural gas leaks in town, because they present health concerns for our residents and are a threat to our 3,000 public shade trees. I will also promote organic integrated pest management throughout town to protect our aquifers.
3 years NRC; 6 years Sustainable Wellesley leadership; MA Interfaith Coalition for Climate Action
I’m drawn to the NRC’s unique mission of environmental protection, conservation, and public engagement. My primary focus in my first term was to work with the Sustainable Energy Committee and Dept of Public Works to reduce waste. We reached out to residents and businesses to develop a bag bylaw, which Town Meeting passed last April. Since then, my top priorities have been: to address the 200 gas leaks in town and organize a public forum on gas leaks on March 21, 2017; and to launch the Grow Green Wellesley campaign for eco-friendly gardening and lawn care with a day-long “Landscapes for Living” program on May 13, 2017.
These are collaborative initiatives involving town employees and many volunteer residents. Their energy and dedication give me hope and inspire me to seek a second term.
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