The Pittsfield Conservation Commission is developing a conservation properties master plan and will be hosting a community forum at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in the City Council chambers at City Hall.

The city, in collaboration with graduate students from the Conway School of Landscape Design, is seeking to develop a new vision for the following city-owned conservation properties: Brattlebrook Park; Barkerville Conservation Area; Tierney Conservation Area; and Wild Acres.

Following in-depth research into the ecological attributes of each property and its usage by the community, goals and objectives will be established that recognize maintenance needs as well as needed and desired capital improvements.

A short online survey can be accessed under the Current Initiatives tab on the city's website,

For more information, contact City Conservation Agent Rob Van Der Kar at or 413-499-9359.