A science writer who can use a chain saw has been given a seat on the Conservation Commission.
Geri Clark’s appointment to the commission was unanimously approved by the Board of Selectmen Wednesday night, Oct. 3.
Conservation Commission Chairwoman Beth Yanity had written the selectmen, saying the commission supported Ms. Clark’s candidacy.
She cited Ms. Clark’s background — including her work as a “professional science writer” — as useful to the commission.
“Finally, she knows how to use a chain saw,” Ms. Yanity added.
Commission members often employ lumberjack skills in caring for town open space tracts.
Her experience as a science writer also looks useful for the commission.
“I do a little bit of everything. I worked for TV for a long time,” Ms. Clark told the selectmen.
Most of her TV writing was for nature-centered programming. Now, she said, she is working to develop a series of books on “wacky science” that would be aimed at middle school kids.
She volunteers at the Woodcock Nature Center, where her contributions are valued “because I’ll touch dead mice,” she said.
The selectmen were convinced.
“It’s certainly great to have you on board,” Selectwoman Di Masters said. “Your resume speaks for itself.”
“We’re just thrilled to welcome Geri aboard,” said Ms. Yanity, who attended the selectmen’s meeting. “She’s going to be a great asset to our board.”