Smart Growth for Vernon, CT
Conservation Commission, chairwoman win award

By Journal Inquirer Staff
November 7, 2008

VERNON — The town's Conservation Commission and its chairwoman have been named commission and commissioner of the year by the Connecticut Association of Conservation and Inland Wetlands Commissions.

Commission Chairwoman Sheryl McMullen was tapped for the honor thanks to her efforts in implementing the town's Plan of Conservation and Development, her ability to work with other commissioners, and her eight years of service on the commission.

Working in cooperation with other commissions, the Conservation Commission also has completed many projects, including expanding and updating wetlands regulations, implementing a scenic road ordinance, and completing a town-wide vernal pool inventory.

Additionally, McMullen said, the commission has worked on regulations governing open-space contributions and river buffers, while helping to implement the town's geographic information system.