Conservation Commission

Purpose / Charge 

The Conservation Commission was established for the purposes described in RSA Chapter 36-A:2, namely for the proper utilization and protection of the natural resources of the City of Lebanon, including but not limited to watershed resources, as elaborated in NH RSA 36-A:2. 

Additional Duties & Responsibilities

The Commission may advertise, prepare, print, and distribute books, maps, charts, plans, and pamphlets. It keeps an index of all open areas within the City with the plan of obtaining information pertinent to proper utilization of such open areas. It maintains an index of all wetlands and may recommend to the City Council a program for the promotion and proper utilization of such areas. It makes recommendations to the City Council to purchase additional conservation lands as they become available according to its Master Plan. Seven regular members and four alternates appointed by the Mayor and City Council for three-year terms.

Meeting Time and Date

View Conservation Commission Meeting Schedule

View the City Meeting Calendar for the most current information regarding meeting times and schedules.


This seven-member Commission has been in existence since 1970 and was created by the City Council with the establishment of Ordinance Number 32 in accordance with New Hampshire RSA Chapter 36-A. Chair and Vice Chair elected by vote of the Commission in January of each year. Amended on November 2, 2005 to have five citizen members, one Council representative and one Recreation Commission representative. Amended February 1, 2006 to seven regular members, one of which to be a Council representative and four alternate members, one of which to be a Recreation Commission representative. Amended September 18, 2008 to remove alternate Recreation Commission representative from membership.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Audio recordings of City meetings are posted within 48 hours following the meeting date. Minutes are posted following approval.
View Agendas, Audio, and Minutes.

Contact Information

To contact the Conservation Commission, please use our
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  • Sarah Riley, Regular Member
    Term Expires:  August 2021
  • Susan Almy
     Term Expires: November 2020
  • Suellen Balestra
    Alternate, Term Expires: July 2021
  • Vacant
     Alternate Council Representative
  • Erling Heistad
    Council Representative
  • Don Lacey
    Term Expires: June 2023
  • Ernst Oidtmann, Chair
    Term Expires: May 2023
  • Darla Bruno, Alternate                                                       Term Expires: September 2022
  • Bruce James, Regular                                                Term Expires: October 2022
  • Christopher Johnson, Regular
    Term Expires: December 2022
  • Barbara Hirai, Alternate
    Term Expires: January 2023
  • Vacant, Alternate
  • Mark Goodwin
    City Staff Representative
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