Conservation Commission


The MISSION of the Brunswick Conservation Commission is to serve the Brunswick community by advocating for conservation values and stewarding our ecologically rich natural communities and open spaces.

 OBJECTIVES: The Conservation Commission serves the community of Brunswick by promoting land conservation to benefit Brunswick residents and visitors; fostering the conservation of open space, habitat and ecological values; advocating for the appropriate protection, development, or use of open spaces in town; providing educational outreach to residents on local and regional conservation and ecological issues; coordinating with town departments, committees, and local organizations in support of conservation efforts; and overseeing the management of town-owned conservation lands and interests.


There shall be a conservation commission appointed by the town council consisting of seven (7) members, called conservation commissioners as authorized by 30-A M.R.S.A. § 3261. The term of office is three (3) years.


  • Sandy Scott, Chair
  • Kurt Stinson, Vice Chair
  • Helene Harrower
  • Robert Moore
  • Abbie Sewall
  • Sylvia Stocker
  • Kevin Sullivan

Meeting Schedule

  • 1st Wednesday of every month
  • 5:00 p.m., Town Council Chambers

Committee Responsibilities

The Conservation Commission has the following powers and duties:

  1. Research and coordination. The commission shall conduct research, in conjunction with the Planning Board, into the local land areas and shall seek to coordinate the activities of conservation bodies organized for similar purposes.
  2. Information. It may advertise, prepare, print, and distribute books, maps, charts, plans, and pamphlets which it deems necessary within the limits of any funds appropriated for that purpose by the town council, or otherwise acquired.
  3. Index of open areas. It shall keep an index of all open areas, publicly or privately owned, within the town, including open marsh lands, swamps, and other wet lands, for the purpose of obtaining information pertinent to proper utilization, protection, development, or use of these open areas and may recommend to the Town Council or any town body or board, or any body politic or public agency of the state, a program for the better utilization, protection, development, or use of these areas, which may include the acquisition of conservation easements.
  4. Land acquisition. It may, with the approval of the Town Council, acquire land in the name of the town for any of the purposes set forth in sections 2-76 through 2-82.
  5. Gifts. It may, with the approval of the Town Council, receive gifts in the name of the town for any of its purposes and shall administer the same for such purposes, subject to the terms of the gift.
  6. Records and annual report. It shall keep records of its meetings and activities and shall make an annual report to the town to be published as part of the annual town report.

Committee Staff

Ashley Charleson, Environmental Planner 


The Conservation Commission will present to the Town Council on an annual basis.

Next Scheduled Reporting: August 05, 2024

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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Additional Information

For more details about the Commission or to obtain information on becoming a member, please contact the Department of Planning and Development at 207-725-6660.