Open Space Committee


Mission Statement

Upton's Open Space Committee is dedicated to protecting our town's quality of life by preserving its open spaces, natural resources, its historic treasures, and its small-town character.


The Upton Open Space Committee (UOSC) is a subcommittee of the Upton Conservation Commission. Members of the USOC are appointed by the Conservation Commission. The committee consists of between 3 and 7 voting members. Others may participate as volunteers without appointments. The committee elects a Chairman and Secretary approved annually for one-year terms.


  • 7 pm
  • 4th Thursday of every month
  • Town Hall Room 203

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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Bill Taylor, Chairperson - term ends 2024
Mike Penko, CPA Committee Representative - term ends 2024
Tom Dodd, Secretary - term ends 2024
Cheryl MacIndoe, Member - term ends 2024
Alan Miano, Member - term ends 2024
Christine Scott, Member - term ends 2024


The UOSC shall:

  • Increase awareness and enjoyment of Upton's protected lands and natural resources and educate the public on open space issues.
  • Work with public officials, private landowners, and land trusts to identify opportunities for open space management, protection or acquisition.
  • Help the town develop by-laws, regulations and planning strategies to preserve open space, enhance natural habitats and ensure that rapid development does not overburden town services or town taxpayers.
  • Work to preserve Upton's open spaces, cultural, agricultural and historical resources and landscapes, and Upton's rural, small-town character.
  • Expand and improve active and passive recreational facilities.
  • Protect Upton's water resources.
  • Protect Upton's remaining agricultural land.
  • Promote the stewardship of town-owned open space and conservation lands for natural resource protection and open space recreation.
  • Co-sponsor nature walks and other public education events.
  • Hold regular (at least monthly) posted public meetings.
  • Maintain meeting minutes and submit minutes to the Town Clerk and the Conservation Commission.
  • Prepare a yearly report summarizing committee activities for inclusion in the Annual Town Report.