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FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham City Council last night, August 16, unanimously approved two individuals to the 7-member Conservation Commission.

In July, City of Framingham Mayor Charlie Sisitsky re-nominated Jennifer Foman-Orth to the 7-member Conservation Commission. She lives in District 1.

A member of the Commission since 2013, she is an environmental biologist for the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources.

Mayor Sisitsky also nominated District 2 resident David Anderson.

Anderson who lives on lake Road in District 2 speaks Turkish. He is a civil engineer, with experience in environmental engineering and land planning.

Both were approved to a term that ends on June 30, 2025.

Conservation Commission Priya Gandbhir, who lives in District 3, had her term end on July 1, 2022.

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The current chair of the Conservation Commission is Sampath Bade.

The District 6 resident is a civil engineer with a specialty in stormwater management and erosion control. His term end on June 30, 2023.

Conservation Commission Vice Chair Thomas Liveston lives in District 3 and has been on the Commission for 7 years. His term ends June 30, 2023.

Other members of the Commission include:

  • Temitayo Akinbola is a District 7 resident, who who holds a Master’s degree in Ecology and Environmental Biology from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria and a double Master’s in Environmental Science & Policy, and MBA in Environmental Sustainability from Clark University. His term ends in June 2023.
  • Steven Wiseman who lives in District 2. He is the Commission’s representative to the Framingham Community Preservation Committee. His term ends in June 2024.
  • William Merriam, a District 3 resident, whose term ends in June 2024.

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The Conservation Commission is responsible for implementing local, state, and federal wetland laws, managing conservation land, and engaging the public in conservation efforts.

The Conservation Commission, in conjunction with the Conservation Office, is responsible for reviewing all proposed and ongoing municipal, private, commercial, and industrial projects to determine if they are in compliance with local, state, and federal wetland laws.

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More than 50% of land in Framingham is located within the Conservation Commission’s jurisdiction under the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act (CMR 10) and/or the Framingham Wetlands Protection Bylaw (Section 18) and its implementing Regulations.

The Conservation Commission conducts site inspections and attends pertinent meetings.

The Commission assumes responsibility for the management of over 400 acres of Conservation land owned by the City including Macomber, Arthur‑Morency Woods, Carol Getchell Trail, Wittenborg Woods, and Cochituate Brook Reservation, as well as numerous other properties and oversees a seasonal staff often. Seasonal staff complete invasive species management, trail maintenance, and clearing, and restoration projects.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.