The Conservation Commission is a town board consisting of five members appointed by the Select Board to serve three year terms. The Commission meets monthly on the third Monday at 7:00 pm, at the Town offices. The mission of the commission is twofold. First and foremost, it is to oversee local compliance with The Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and The Massachusetts Riverways Protection Act. Both Acts regulate and limit activities in or near wetlands for their protection, and assign jurisdiction to Conservation Commissions. Filings concerning activities in or near wetland areas are submitted to both the Commission and the state Department of Environmental Protection.
The other mission of The Conservation Commission is to promote the acquisition and maintenance of conservation lands. As part of that goal, the Conservation Commission can assist landowners who are thinking about conserving land for future generations. Commission members can provide local contacts and possible opportunities for conservation of land through private non-profit organizations or with federal or state agencies. If you have an interest or know someone in town who is thinking about land conservation in any form, please call a commissioner who can help you understand your options.
Local requirements for protecting streams and wetlands are established under state law. For particulars about that law and its application, see http://www.mass.gov/dep/water/resources/wetlands.htm