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The Woodstock Conservation Commission recognizes that without information about the natural and cultural resources of the town, it is very difficult to develop a plan that is both meaningful, and can be implemented to protect our open spaces and our rural environment. The purpose of our inventory is to support not only our own Plan for Open Space and Conservation, but to establish a resource that other Woodstock boards and commissions can use in meeting their responsibilities.  To this end, the Conservation Commission is inventorying and mapping (using the Geographic Information System [GIS]):

The Conservation Commission has prepared series of resource maps, working with the State of Connecticut DEP, the UCONN Cooperative Extension System, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Natural Resource Conservation Service, the UCONN Department of Natural Resources Management, the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service, the Quinebaug and Shetucket Rivers Natural Heritage Corridor, and other Connecticut communities that are conducted similar studies.  These maps are a starting point for continuing analysis.  We welcome suggestions for changes, new sources of information, corrections or additions to the base map series.

Cranky painted turtle.  Photo by Bet Zimmerman
Conservation Commission
To see a world in a grain of sand,
and heaven in a wildflower,
hold infinity in the palm of your hand
and eternity in an hour.

- William Blake