What We Do
The Conservation Commission was created to keep an inventory defining the Town’s open space and to evaluate those lands for their proper and potential use.

We will also seek to advise in the development, management, protection and conservation of our natural resources and to coordinate our activities with existing Town committees, commissions and departments and with other conservation bodies.

Open Space
2018 Open Space in New Canaan Executive Summary
2018 New Canaan Open Space Map
Town Open Space 11-20-2018
Open Space Greenway Map

Bristow Bird & Wildwood Preserve

Bristow Audubon Assessment
St. Francis Bristow Bird Sanctuary
Bristow Sanctuary New Canaan, CT Final
Preview of "Op-Ed Celebrating Bristow Bird Sanctuary and Wildwood Preserve
Preview of "Op-Ed Remembrances of Bristow Bird Sanctuary
Conservation Commission Lays Out Broad Vision for Restoring 'New Canaan's Historic Nature Park"
Wildlife in Crisis released four Bluebirds and a Cedar Waxwing at the Bristow Preserve Photos
Bird Sanctuary Master Plan
Bird Sanctuary on Property Recommendations Handout
Bird Sanctuary - Vital Statistics
Conservation Commissioners at Bristow Park - Fall 2019
Conservation Commissioners at Bristow Park - Fall 2019


NEMO Presentations

NEMO CRI Presentation
Open Space Planning Presentation

Natural Resources
Water Quality in New Canaan


Chris Schipper, Chairman
Susan Sweitzer, Secretary
Linda Andros
Cameron E. Hutchins
Martin McLaughlin

The Conservation Committee meets on the second Thursday of each month.  The normal start time for the meeting is 6:30 p.m..  The meetings are held in the Board Room at Town Hall.

Schedule of Meetings, Agendas & Minutes

Press Releases
DEP's 2009 Great Park Pursuit
Change Maker Award 12-05-19
Change Maker Award Photograph 12-05-19