The Wellesley Natural Resources Commission (NRC) is seeking applications from Wellesley residents to fill a one-year appointed position on the Commission. Residents may apply by submitting a letter or resume stating qualifications and reasons for desiring to serve to NRC Director Brandon Schmitt at nrc@Wellesleyma.gov by end of day April 5, 2019.

Applicants should include relevant and specific experience in town activities and/or town government involvement supportive of the NRC’s purview and mission: The mission of the Natural Resources Commission is to provide stewardship of, education about, and advocacy for the Town of Wellesley’s park, conservation, recreation, and open space system so the full value of the Town’s natural assets can be passed onto future generations.

The NRC is charged with the statutory responsibilities of Park Commission, Conservation Commission, Tree Warden, Pest Control Officer, and Town Forest Committee under Massachusetts General Laws Chapters 40, 45, 87, 131, and 132. The NRC is also responsible for appointing the Wetlands Protection Committee and the Wellesley Trails Committee. NRC Commissioners are appointed to serve on the Community Preservation Committee (CPC), the Playing Fields Task Force (PFTF), and the 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) Working Group (comprised of the Sustainable Energy Committee, the Department of Public Works, and the NRC), as well as various working groups and steering committees as applicable.

Responsibilities include attending NRC meetings two times per month and as needed; taking an active role in NRC projects and initiatives; attending affiliated meetings; participating in community events; and interacting with other elected officials, town departments, and grass roots and non-profit groups, within Wellesley, in nearby communities and regionally.

To learn more about the NRC, its mission, the Commission’s 2019 strategic goals, its current projects, and more, please visit the NRC’s website or feel free to contact the NRC director or current commissioners: www.wellesleyma.gov/NRC

Phyllis Theermann

Monarch Butterflies–Beauty on the Wing
How can Wellesley help Monarchs throughout Their Life Cycle?

WHAT: Wellesley Conservation Council Spring Lecture
WHO: Kim Smith, Naturalist and Award-winning Photographer
WHEN: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 – 7:00pm
WHERE: Wakelin Room, Wellesley Free Library

The Monarch’s life story is one of nature’s most incredible examples of adaptation and survival. But the Monarch migration is in great peril. Learn how you can help. Through photographs and discussion, Beauty on the Wing tells the life story of the Monarch Butterfly, the state of the butterflies’ migration and why they are in sharp decline, and the positive steps we can take as individuals and collectively to help the Monarchs recover from devastating effects of habitat loss, climate change, and pesticides.

Kim Smith is an award winning nature author, documentary filmmaker, native plant landscape designer, and naturalist. She specializes in creating pollinator habitat gardens utilizing primarily North American native wildflowers, trees, shrubs, and vines.

The Wellesley Conservation Council Annual Meeting for the election of officers and board members will precede the program at 6:30pm. This event is free and co-sponsored by Wellesley Free Library. For more information go to www.wellesleyconservationcouncil.org.

Phyllis Theermann

The Unitarian Universalist Society of Wellesley Hills is the first community of faith in town to enroll in the Wellesley Renewable Energy program.

Last month, the governing committee agreed to sign up to receive ten percent of the church’s electricity from renewable sources.

The church uses about 58,000 kilowatt hours per year, and it will be saving about 4,200 pounds of carbon from entering the atmosphere by signing up for the Wellesley Renewable Energyprogram.

Enrolling in the program is part of a larger effort by the church’s Green Sanctuary Committee to encourage the church and its members to become more environmentally sustainable. In the church building, members have installed motion sensors on light fixtures, placed CFL light bulbs in appropriate locations, and resealed many of the windows.

“Living a life that is respectful of our environment is a central element of our faith,” says the minister, the Reverend Sara Ascher. “By supporting renewable energy and implementing energy conservation measures, we are doing what we can to protect the interdependent web of life.”

On Sunday, March 18, the Green Sanctuary Committee sponsored a special service to promote environmental action among the entire congregation.