Biodiversity

Strategy 2.4.2: Biodiversity

Maintain and increase biodiversity on Town conservation land and private land

Promote healthy biological communities

Action Item 2.4.2.2: Promote healthy biological communities

Consider regulations, and promote practices, that support healthy communities of plants and animals. Act to minimize the use of broad-spectrum herbicides and pesticides, and promote organic agriculture and landscaping practices.
Timing: 
Medium-Term (complete by 2020)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Natural Resources
Other Inventory Elements: 
Open Space
Sustainability
Regulatory?: 
Yes
Lead Owner: 
Board of Health<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Acton Water District
Citizens and citizen groups
Conservation Commission
Green Advisory Board
Health Department
Land Stewardship Committee
Morrison Farm Committee
Municipal Properties
Natural Resources Department
Selectmen
Influence?: 
Yes

Remove invasive plants

Action Item 2.4.2.1: Remove invasive plants

Organize efforts to remove invasive plant species from public and private land.1
  • 1. For information on this topic see: http://www.newfs.org/protect/invasive-plants/index. An example is the work that has been done on garlic mustard eradication on Acton property. Care in implementing this recommendation is needed, as there is not always agreement on which plant species are invasive.
Timing: 
Long-Term (complete by 2030)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Natural Resources
Other Inventory Elements: 
Sustainability
Lead Owner: 
Conservation Commission <i></i>
Other Owners: 
Citizens and citizen groups
Land Stewardship Committee
Morrison Farm Committee
Natural Resources Department
School Committees

Discourage invasive plantings

Action Item 2.4.2.3: Discourage invasive plantings

Continue to discourage residential and commercial property owners and landscape contractors from planting invasive plant species.1
  • 1. Acton Garden Club has done a lot of education around invasive plants
Timing: 
Ongoing (existing actions or efforts to be continued and expanded)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Natural Resources
Other Inventory Elements: 
Sustainability
Lead Owner: 
Natural Resources Department <i></i>
Other Owners: 
Citizens and citizen groups
Conservation Commission
Planning Board
Planning Department
Influence?: 
Yes
Ripe?: 
Yes

Education on native plants and biodiversity

Action Item 2.4.2.4: Education on native plants and biodiversity

Develop and implement a public education program on the role of native plants in supporting Acton’s biodiversity.
Timing: 
Medium-Term (complete by 2020)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Natural Resources
Other Inventory Elements: 
Sustainability
Lead Owner: 
Natural Resources Department <i></i>
Other Owners: 
Citizens and citizen groups
Conservation Commission
Land Stewardship Committee
Planning Board
Planning Department
School Committees
Influence?: 
Yes

Tree-clearing bylaw

Action Item 2.4.2.5: Tree-clearing bylaw

Explore the adoption of a tree-clearing bylaw, which would require notice and justification from landowners for certain large tree clearing operations on private parcels.
Priority: 
2nd Highest
Timing: 
Short-Term (complete by 2015)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Natural Resources
Other Inventory Elements: 
Land Use
Regulatory?: 
Yes
Lead Owner: 
Selectmen<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Conservation Commission
Natural Resources Department
Tree Warden
Town Meeting?: 
Yes

Plant and protect large trees

Action Item 2.4.2.6: Plant and protect large trees

Provide education and support the public and private planting and protection of large, long-lasting, carbon-sequestering trees.1
  • 1. Disease-resistant Elm and Chestnut trees are becoming available.
Timing: 
Long-Term (complete by 2030)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Natural Resources
Other Inventory Elements: 
Facilities
Lead Owner: 
Tree Warden<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Citizens and citizen groups
Conservation Commission
Green Advisory Board
Planning Board
Selectmen
Sidewalk Committee
Sustainability Coordinator
Influence?: 
Yes