Conservation

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The Andover Conservation Commission aims to protect Andover’s natural resources in accordance with the state law and the Town’s Wetlands Protection Bylaw, Article XIV, and to act as trustees in perpetuity of the Town’s conservation land. As of 2021, there are over 2,300 acres of protected land that are held in the care and custody of the Andover Conservation Commission. This land is managed and stewarded by the Conservation Division, with the assistance of the Department of Public Works and a large network of dedicated volunteer overseers. Andover’s reservations and green spaces are critical to supporting clean air and water, wildlife habitat, and recreational amenities for the community.

Land Acknowledgement

We respectfully acknowledge that Andover conservation land has been established on the territory of many Indigenous peoples, who have stewarded this land for hundreds of generations. With gratitude to the Andover Center for History & Culture for their guidance, we acknowledge the harmful effect colonization and violent systemic and cultural inequities have had on our understanding of Indigenous identity and terminology. Andover was home to the Pennacook people as early as 6000 BCE, and we honor their past, present, and emerging leaders. 

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Benjamin Meade Conservation Agent 978-623-8630
Lynn Viselli Conservation Administrative Secretary 978-623-8630
Marisa Browning-Kamins Conservation Land Manager 978-623-8630

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Conservation Updates

March 9th, 2022

The Andover Conservation division has submitted an RDA application is for a boat rack and improvement to the existing boat launch and trail at the Burnham Oxbow in the Shawsheen Village/Sacred Heart Reservation.

This area is near Penguin Park, the Balmoral track, and directly adjacent to the Faerie Garden and the Scout boardwalk that is popular with a variety of outdoor enthusiasts.  

The project proposes the installation of a new wooden “Allagash cross” rack that can hold 12 kayaks or canoes. The three-tiered cross is supported by two 6x6” timbers cemented in the ground. 

Crushed stone will be used to stabilize the currently eroding rivers edge and a portion of the trail near the boat rack. The rack will occupy approximately a 10’x10’ area itself and will be set back beneath the existing tree-line. The current vegetated cover in the area is dominated by invasive Japanese knotweed, which will be removed.

The proposed impact to the Riverfront Resource Area is minimal. The eroding area of the riverbank will be stabilized with rock, and there will be two (2) roughly 10"x10" (about the size of a sheet of paper) excavations for the canoe rack supports.  

The crushed stone will protect this small portion of the riverbank and provide safe footing for those who are launching watercraft. The rack requires a minor excavation - just enough to support the posts - and the loose soil will be removed from the location.  

The boat rack will provide an amenity and improve access to a particular portion of the river that is currently difficult to access. The rack will benefit the public by allowing river access without the need to car-top and do an extensive carry to the launch.

For more information, please contact the Conservation Office at 978-623-8630.

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Sacred heart rack

Conservation Documents

2022 Conservation Commission Meeting Dates & Deadlines

Filing deadline is noon two weeks prior to the Meeting Date.

Meeting Date
Deadline Date
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Jan. 4, 2022Dec. 21, 2021
July 5, 2022June 21, 2022
Jan. 18, 2022Jan. 4, 2022
July 19, 2022July 5, 2022
Feb. 1, 2022Jan. 18, 2022
Aug. 2, 2022July 19, 2022
Feb. 15, 2022Feb. 1, 2022
Aug. 16, 2022Aug. 2, 2022
March 1, 2022Feb. 15, 2022
Sep. 6, 2022Aug. 16, 2022
March 15, 2022March1, 2022
Sep. 20, 2022Sep. 6, 2022
April 5, 2022March 22, 2022
Oct. 4, 2022Sep. 20, 2022
April 19, 2022April 5, 2022
Oct. 18, 2022Oct. 4, 2022
May 3, 2022April 19, 2022
Nov. 1, 2022
Oct. 18, 2022
May 24, 2022May 10, 2022
Nov. 15, 2022
Nov. 1, 2022
June 7, 2022May 24, 2022
Dec. 6, 2022
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June 21, 2022June 7, 2022
Dec. 20, 2022
Dec. 6, 2022