Windsor Conservation Commission



Windsor’s Conservation Commission consists of members appointed by the Town Council whose duties include:

• preparing an inventory of open spaces including marshlands, swamps and other wetlands for the purposes of obtaining information of the proper use of such areas;
• conducting research on the utilization of land in town, and
• disseminating education materials on protecting the environment.



A. Open Space Preservation

Many residents attending public meetings during the Conservation and Development Plan planning process were concerned that land development was changing the character of the community, resulting in a feeling of less "openness" and creating a sense of urgency that more needed to be done to preserve open space in Windsor.  Residents also expressed strong interest in providing for public access to preserved open space and establishing an open space strategy to guide open space preservation efforts. 

 See:  Implementing an Open Space Strategy

B.  Agricultural Resources

The land use survey conducted as part of the Town's recent planning process found that roughly 3,661 acres, or 18%, of Windsor's land area is being used for agricultural purposes.  Preserving agricultural land will help to maintain community character and the overall ambience of the community. 

 See: Encouraging Preservation of Prime Areas for Agricultural Use

C.  Balanced Development

How can a community achieve a balance between development and conservation of open space?  Windsor's current Plan of Conservation and Development discusses this challenge.  Several means of pursuing this are covered in the following section of this web site:

 Methods of Balancing Development and Open Space Conservation


D. Community Resource Inventory Map Series

This is a set of town-wide inventory maps will help one make decisions on the range of challenges: from open space preservation to economic development. The maps show both natural and cultural resources. They were developed by several departments at UCONN as part of the Community Resource Inventory (CRI) program.

 Community Resource Inventory Map Series


E. Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

Household hazardous waste cannot be simply thrown out with the trash, flushed, or poured down the drain because it passes the problem along to the environment, polluting the air and the water.  Examples of such wastes include herbicides, charcoal lighter fluid, paint thinner, gasoline, antifreeze, oil-based paints and many other household items.  The Conservation Commission has assisted The Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) with their annual collection of household hazardous wastes in Windsor.  Please take advantage of this service to dispose of left-over wastes in your garage or kitchen.

 Check Here to Find the MDC's Schedule for Windsor (and Surrounding Towns) Collection Days

F. Invasive Species

What do oriental bittersweet, purple loosestrife and burning bush all have in common?  They are non-native plants that are quickly bullying out natural plants in Connecticut.  A March, 2005 New York Times article stated that "...invasive plants are deemed the second greatest environmental problem in [Connecticut], right behind the decline of open spaces. 

Plants are not the only invaders.  Major problems also exist with imported insects, mammals, birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles and microbes.  From your choice of aquarium and garden plants to the thorough cleaning of boat hulls, engine props, & boat trailers, there are many things you can do to curtail the spread of invasive species.

 For More Information, See:  Invasive Species Reference Sources

G. NRCS Office Here in Windsor

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture.  They have an office right here in Windsor.  NRCS soil conservationists, soil scientists, agronomists, ecologists, engineers, planners, and other specialists promote land stewardship by providing technical and financial assistance through teams to address surface and groundwater quality; wetlands, riparian areas, and biodiversity; aquatic and terrestrial habitat; and impacts of land-use changes. NRCS teams work on all of Connecticut's landscapes: agricultural, wetlands and riparian areas, suburban, rural, urban centers, and forested


For More Information:    "NRCS in Connecticut"

 Photos courtesy of Town of Windsor web site taken by Windsor’s own Dr. Leonard Hellerman and Wayne Dombkowski