Derry Conservation Commission Looking For Land Stewards 

By Alex Malm

DERRY – The Derry Conservation Commission held its bi-monthly meeting on April 26.

During the meeting one of the items of discussion was in regards to scheduling a training for the land stewards. 

Derry Conservation Commission Chair James Degnan said that originally it was asked that they have the training on May 8, but said that he didn’t think it would be feasible because Mother’s Day is the next day. The other issue that he pointed out is that he wasn’t sure if they needed to onboard any new stewards or advertise publicly that they are looking for new stewards which would be likely. 

Dengan said that they currently don’t have stewards for all the parcels saying that he thinks that they need to have coverage for all of them. 

He noted that they sent out a description to all the current stewards and are going to get a headcount of who wants to continue to be a steward and who doesn’t want to then advertise publicly for people to come on to be land stewards for parcels they don’t have coverage for. 

Once they determine who is going to be a steward they will pick a date for the training. 

Another item that was discussed during the meeting was in regards to the Derry Community Garden. 

It was announced that all 30 plots of the garden have been reserved for the year and it was explained that anyone who wants a plot still will have to go on a waiting list in case they have any cancelations which they usually do. 

Degnan asked if they had any plans for this year if there was a garden that was started and then vacated. 

“I know some folks have asked about it in the past,” he said. 

He was told that last year they did a pretty good job at reassigning plots that were given up with one or two exceptions. 

They were also told that they have rules in place that if someone doesn’t start gardening within 10 days of the official opening of the garden and they haven’t contacted them then it will be reassigned. 

It was also announced by Degnan that they recently had a Town cleanup week during Earth Week. 

He said that he thought there were a lot of people in the community who participated but would try to get the official total numbers for the next meeting. 

“It seems that we had a pretty good engagement. I think it went well and I hope that we have a concerted effort in the fall to run it in again with Parks and Rec,” he said. 

The next Derry Conservation Commission meeting is slated for Monday, May 10 at 7 p.m. 

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