This Open Space and Conservation Plan was prepared by the Woodstock Conservation Commission with assistance from many local, regional and state governmental agencies, including advice and information from national non-profit groups and over 200 Woodstock residents. The Plan was unanimously accepted June 20, 2001.
This Open Space and Conservation Plan was prepared by the Woodstock Conservation Commission with assistance from many local, regional and state governmental agencies, and advice and information from national non-profit groups. Thoughtful insights were also received from the over 200 Woodstock residents who participated in the Study Circles program. The goal is to wisely manage land development and carefully protect the environment so that Woodstock remains a rural community with a balanced approach to sustaining its natural and cultural heritage. The Plan was accepted unanimously at a Woodstock Town Meeting on June 20, 2001.
The planning began with a comprehensive inventory of Woodstock's important natural, cultural and recreational resources. The Commission developed a town-wide Geographic Information System (GIS) to support development of the plan. The GIS is designed to aid in the work of other boards and commissions in the town as they build on the recommendations in this plan.
The plan includes general and specific recommendations and initiatives in four broad areas. The goals and the associated recommendations are summarized below.
GOAL: Establish a broad administrative and "action" framework for implementing specific recommendations.
GOAL: Protect ground and surface water quality for domestic use, recreational use, and for fish and wildlife habitat.
GOAL: Preserve farmland and enhance commercially viable agricultural operations in Woodstock while respecting the rights of private property owners.
GOAL: Conserve productive forests in a way that protects native wildlife populations, supports local forest based industry, preserves Woodstock' s rural character, and supports forest based recreational opportunities.
GOAL: Assure the protection of aesthetic, historic and recreational resources so that current residents and future generations may appreciate and experience Woodstock's rural heritage.
Town government cannot and should not try to do everything that is needed to preserve our way of life and our open spaces. It must find effective ways to coordinate the technical and financial resources offered by private organizations, state agencies and local volunteers. Our keys to success are a shared vision of the future, action by the community, and individual responsibility. The Conservation Commission is committed to helping citizens of Woodstock connect with the appropriate resource to do whatever they feel they can to support the recommendations outlined in this plan.
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