MERIDEN — A group of volunteers and officials will participate in an effort to catalog the city’s natural resources.
“Our goals are to create a deeper understanding of Meriden’s natural resources and develop a greater awareness and appreciation,” said David Rauch, a leader of the Natural Resource Inventory project.
The project involves documenting and organizing the biodiversity found in the city, including parks, wetlands, bedrocks and watersheds.
Participants will survey each habitat and articulate a scientific snapshot of the ever-changing pattern in nature.
A similar project was undertaken in 2007. The goals and procedures remain the same, but notable differences this time around include the use of volunteers instead of someone paid to work on the effort.
Volunteers will produce a section of inventory. Data will be scientifically validated and curated into topics, including soil, geology, water resources and forested land.
Rauch said knowledge of the city’s habitat can influence future policy and planning, including conservation efforts. It can also help residents advocate for preservation.
“City leadership has been good about the environment and works to protect the environment,” he said.
The project is not without its challenges, including the ongoing pandemic.
Conservation Commission Chairwoman Maryellen Mordarski said the project is still in its infancy because of the increased difficulty of holding commission meetings.
However, she said the project would proceed by phases, section by section.
The next meeting for the Conservation Commission will be held in December. Developments of the project will be discussed.
Residents who would like to learn more about volunteering can email: MeridenNRI@gmail.com