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Michael D'Ortenzio Jr.
to the
Natural Resources Commission


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I'm running for the Natural Resources Commission to develop a comprehensive land conservation plan, with a focus on preserving the limited intact forestland Wellesley has left.

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Why I'm Running

I grew up in Wellesley’s forests and open spaces. As a kid living near Morse’s Pond, the pond, the woods, and the North 40 were special places to explore and roam free. I was fortunate enough to get a great education in the Wellesley Public Schools, have the opportunity to go to college and law school, and recently to start practicing as a municipal attorney. In between, I have been involved in Town government in various capacities, including chairing the School Committee and Playing Fields Task Force, serving as vice chair of the Sustainable Energy Committee, and as a 10-year Town Meeting Member. I was also a member of the committees that oversaw the building of the new sports center at 900 Worcester Street and developed the Town’s Unified Plan. On election days, you’ll often see me at Precinct A as a poll worker. I have been lucky to get to know the Town and its government from many angles, and hope to leverage that perspective and my legal training to contribute to the preservation of Wellesley’s remaining forestland.

My Approach to Conservation

We have many opportunities to increase preservation. According to a report the NRC produced a few years ago, though 33% of Wellesley is open space, 50% of that open space is held privately with no long-term protection. The 1978 special act that created the NRC explicitly empowers the Commission to “propose for acquisition by the town those natural resources that the commission deems useful or important.” Where there are large parcels of forest in Town that the community reasonably desires to preserve, we should be acting now – not when a development is imminent and costs are high (like with the North 40). Keeping carbon in our trees is a big way the NRC can prevent more atmospheric carbon from changing our climate. By working together, we can grow the amount of forestland conserved.

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Please vote on March 7th!


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1. In-person on election day: at your polling place, 7 AM-8 PM.

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2. Early by mail or at Town Hall: request your ballot by 5pm on Feb. 28th.

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3. Absentee at Town Hall: if you will be out of town or have a religious belief/disability that prevents you from voting in person on election day, you can vote absentee until noon on Mar. 6th.

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40 Russell Road

Wellesley, Mass. 02482

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