The Conservation Board advises both the Planning Board and Town Board on matters affecting the preservation, development, use of the natural and human developed features and conditions insofar as quality, biologic integrity, beauty and other environmental factors are concerned.
In the case of human activities and developments, advise on any major threats posed to environmental quality, so as to enhance the long range value of the environment to the people of the town. Conduct a program of public information in the community which shall be designed to foster increased understanding of the nature of environmental problems and issues and support for their solutions.
Conduct and maintain an inventory of the natural resources within the town. Maintain an up-to-date index of all open spaces, public and private ownership within the town, including but not limited to natural landmarks, glacial and other geomorphic or physiographic features; streams and their floodplains, swamps, marshlands, and other wetlands; unique biotic communities; scenic and other open areas of natural or ecological value.
Maintain liaison and communications with public and private agencies and organizations whose and activities have an impact on the quality of the environment or who can be of assistance to the board.