A conservation commission is hereby established and shall consist of seven members, who shall be residents of the City.
The present members of the conservation commission shall serve until the appointment and qualification of their successors. After the effective date of this section the Mayor shall appoint one additional member to serve until August 1, 1974; one additional member to serve until August 1, 1975, and two additional members to serve until August 1, 1976. In July of each year the Mayor shall appoint such number of members as may be necessary to fill the vacancies occurring in August and such appointments shall be effective on August 1, and shall be for three-year terms and until the appointment and qualification of their successors.
The conservation commission shall annually in the month of August meet and organize by choosing a Chairman and Clerk from among their own number. A majority of the commission shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
The conservation commission shall promote and develop the natural resources and shall protect the watershed resources of the City. It shall conduct researches into local land areas and shall seek to coordinate the activities of unofficial bodies organized for similar purposes. It may advertise, prepare, print and distribute books, maps, charts, plans and pamphlets which in its judgment it deems necessary for its work. It shall keep an index of all open areas within the City with the plan of obtaining information pertinent to proper utilization of such open areas, including land owned by the Commonwealth and the City. It shall keep an index of all open marshlands, swamps and all other wet lands in like manner. It may recommend to the City Council, to the department of natural resources and to the state reclamation Board a program for the better promotion, development or utilization of all such areas, It shall keep accurate records of its meetings and actions and shall file an annual report which shall be printed in the annual City report if requested by the Mayor.
For reimbursement of City for acquisition of land and planning, see G.L., C. 132A, § 11.