Invasive Plant Advisory Committee

Appointed Committee Members

Member  Position Term
VACANT Conservation Commissioner Representative December 31, 2021
VACANT Member December 31, 2021
VACANT Member December 31, 2021
VACANT Member December 31, 2021
VACANT Member December 31, 2021

Committee Charge

The Invasive Plant Advisory Committee was established on February 22, 2021 by the Select Board in accordance with Massachusetts General Law Part 1, Chapter 132, and guidance issued by the Massachusetts Invasive Plant Advisory Group. The Committee consists of five appointed by the Select Board, with at least one member also holding the title of Conservation Commissioner. Initial Committee appointments shall be for one year at which time the Select Board may disband the committee, continue the committee for an additional year, or appoint for three-year staggered terms.

The Committee will inform Pepperell residents on invasive plant detection and reporting and advise appropriate remediation. The Committee will also educate the public on the importance of using native plantings.    

Associations: 

The Committee may work with town staff, other boards, commissions, and committees; public and private land owners, and non-profit or state conservation groups.  

Goals and Strategies: 

By the end of the first year of existence, the Committee shall:

1.    Provide the Select Board with a strategic plan to 

  • assess and document invasive plant issues on public land,
  • develop detection and reporting process for private land owners, 
  • create a list of invasive plants in town to compare with the state list, 
  • recommend appropriate remediation approaches, 
  • identify associated resource issues and sources for remediation actions,

2.    Educate homeowners, businesses, and the agricultural community on the importance of using native plantings.

  • establish a web presence with educational material concerning invasive plants and native plantings for residents
  • work with local landscapers / garden centers to promote native plantings

Reporting: 

The Committee will provide status updates upon request to the Select Board and the Master Plan Implementation Team on the status of MP recommendation number 7.11, "Establish a “Detection and Response” plan to address invasive plant species. Educate homeowners and the agricultural community on the importance of using native plantings and on how to detect and report the presence of invasive species.”