Conservation Commission






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The Ridgefield Conservation Commission was established in 1962 by Town Ordinance after enabling legislation was adopted by the Connecticut General Assembly in 1961. The commission includes the Invasives Committee and the Flood and Erosion Control Board. The duties of the commission include the following:

  • Looking after the town's open space including trail maintenance, posting and protecting.
  • Acting in an advisory capacity to Planning and Zoning Commission and Inland Wetlands Board on the impact of development on the environment. 
  • Adding lands to the town's inventory of open space by acquisition and by encouraging donations.
  • Enforcing the town's Open Space Use Ordinance.

About the Commission

The Ridgefield Conservation Commission consists of nine volunteer Ridgefield residents (and two alternates) who serve the town for staggered three-year terms. Commissioners are appointed by the Board of Selectmen to devote their efforts to the sound development, conservation, supervision and regulation of the town's natural resources. 

Our commissioners represent a wide range of strengths and skills that enhance the commission's mission. Biographical sketches of our members can be found here.

Email the Conservation Commission at [email protected]

The Commission has a Conservation Enforcement Officer to act as the Commission's agent in the enforcement of the Town's Open Space Use Ordinance. (Contact: 203 431-2383)

Commission Members

Name Title
James Coyle Chairman
Jack Kace Vice Chairman
Erik Keller Member
Allan Welby Member
Jean Linville Member
Matt Sharp Member
Jim Liptack Member
Roberta Barbieri Member
Peter Nichols Member
Benjamin Nissim Alternate Member
Jana Hogan Alternate Member