Conservation Commission

Mission Statement

The mission of the Sherman Conservation Commission is to protect the natural environment of Sherman and all of its resources. The commission's statutory obligation is to make environmental impact reports on proposed subdivisions, which will be submitted to the Sherman Planning and Zoning Commission.

  • Working with the Sherman Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission to protect local surface and subsurface water resources.
  • Educating ourselves as Commissioners about conservation principles and best practices, thereby enabling the Commission to be a reliable source of accurate and up to date information for applicants and residents.
  • Working with the Planning and Zoning Commission to strengthen the Sherman zoning code to preserve and protect open space, prime farmland, ridgelines, scenic vistas/sites and historical areas.
  • Educating the general public about environmental threats to native species and their associated habitats; the challenge posed by invasive species; the importance of preserving our agricultural heritage and viable local farming, and the health of the overall environment.
  • Periodically reviewing and updating the town's Natural Resource Inventory and compiling an inventory of town open space resources and creating a plan for their management.

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Conservation Commission
Mallory Town Hall
9 Rt 39 North
P.O. Box 39
Sherman, Connecticut 06784

Conservation Commission Members

William McCann,  Chairman
Michele MacKinnon, Vice Chairman
Colette Shulman, Commissioner
Michele MacKinnon, Commissioner
Lauren Weber, Commissioner
Anne Weisberg, Commissioner
Christine Aruza, Clerk

* There three are vacancies on this Commission

*Interested applicants should contact  The First Selectman, Don Lowe

Meeting Dates

The Conservation Commission holds their meetings on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM at Mallory Town Hall. The dates for 2022 are as follows:

January 12, 2022                                                                     

February 9, 2022                                                                            

March 9, 2022                                                                                            

April 13, 2022                                                                         

May 11, 2022                                                                                   

June 9, 2022                                                                                   

July 13, 2022                                                                                      

August  10, 2022                                                                              

September 14, 2022                                                                            

October 12, 2022                                                                             

November 9, 2022                                                                         

December 14, 2022

2018 Natural Resources Inventory

The Conservation Commission has recently completed the Sherman Natural Resources Inventory Report and Recommendations .  Below is a link to the report and printed copies are available in the Planning & Zoning Office for  $10.00.

2018 Natural Resource Inventory Report and Recommendations

Land Use Commissions Information Sheet

Land Use Information

Resolution of the Town of Sherman Conservation Commission



View a recording of “Pollinator Gardens--Create a Garden Wildlife Will Love” (85 min) 

See photos of pollinator plants grown in Sherman or in nearby locations beginning at 44:00 min in recording.

View the plant list in order shown in recording.

“An Evening with Doug Tallamy—The Nature of Oaks”  

Discover the complex web of wildlife supported by our region’s extraordinary oaks, along with practical tips for growing your own oaks.

Recorded October 6, 2022 (80 min) - watch now