Additionally, 70 site visits were conducted, representing a total of over 200/person/visits. The commission acted on six official Requests for Determination, conducted 35 hearing and continuations of hearings, wrote 12 Orders of Conditions or Extensions, and filed four Enforcement Orders with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. We also reviewed four Forest Cutting Plans with the State Forester, issued one Emergency Certificate, and provided four Certificates of Compliance. Innumerable inquiries were also handled by Commissioners.
The commission is proud to maintain a cooperative working relationship with the following boards, agencies, and officers: The Board of Selectmen and the Town Administrator, the Ashby Police and Fire Departments, The Town and State Highway Departments, The Board of Health, the Planning Board, the Board of Assessors, and the Building Inspector.
We are participating members of the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions, and the Nashua River Watershed Association.
Other agencies that we collaborate with or participate in include: Ashby State Park, Fitchburg Water Department, Nashoba Associated Boards of Health, Squannassit Area of Critical Environmental Concern, the Montachusett Regional Planning Commission, and the Massachusetts Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Massachusetts. Department of Environmental Management, and the Ashburnham Conservation Trust. Commission members are also active in the Ashby Land Trust, the Open Space Committee, the Blood Hill Management Committee and the Watatic Management Committee.
For over 20 years, the commission has maintained membership in the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC) and all members have either completed the eight-unit Fundamentals for Conservation Commissions certification program or are working towards it. Some members have qualified for the Advanced Certification status awarded by the association. Furthermore, members have participated in workshops and conferences including: Chapter 61 Regulation Changes, Vernal Pool Workshop for Commissioners, The Covert Program, GIS Workshop, Affordable Housing, and the Fall MACC Conference. All commissioners attended the Annual Spring Conference of MACC.