Open Space Committee

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Located 40 miles north of Boston, West Newbury is a delightful community characterized by rolling hills with broad valleys and an unspoiled rural charm. A groundswell of public support for and interest in the preservation of West Newbury’s rural character and open space first found voice in the 1996 Open Space and Recreation Plan.The Town has supported – both at the ballot box and at Town Meeting – all nine open space initiatives put before it since 1996. That support has continued to grow and shows no sign of abatement.

The mandate of the Open Space & Recreation Plan is to preserve what remains of the rural character of the Town by identifying long-term goals and by taking practical, pro-active steps to meet the challenge of development pressure. The Plan seeks to be a useful tool for the community towards achieving the goals identified through the 2009 OSRP planning process. The Open Space and Recreation Plan is designed to help continue the long-term, dynamic, and ongoing process by which the Town evaluates and addresses its open space and recreation needs in the coming years.

The Open Space Committee provides advice and support to the Board of Selectman and the town on issues relevant to open space protection, stewardship and use. OSC also manages a large network of Public Trails in West Newbury, with the goal of creating an 'emerald necklace', by utilizing town-owned land and trail easements for the community to enjoy. We welcome public participation in all of our meetings and activities. We hope that you find this website useful for learning about our committee activities, and about the many open space resources available here in town.

Committee Members

NameTitleTerm
Patricia Reeser

Co-Chairperson

2019

Jean T. Lambert

Co-Chairperson

2018

Jennifer Germain

2017

Stephen Greason

2018

A. Don Bourquard

2019

N. Dawne Fusco

2017

John Dodge

2019

Brad Buschur

Alternate

2017

Marlene Switzer

Alternate

2017

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