As the municipal focal point for environmental protection, Conservation Commissions were given responsibility in 1972 for administering the Wetlands Protection Act (G.L. Ch. 131 §40). Thus the Commission serves the community in a regulatory as well as a conservation capacity.
Under this law, Commissions across the state process over ten thousand applications every year for permits to do work in and near wetlands, flood plains, banks, riverfront areas, beaches, and surface waters. The Wetlands Protection Act is described in detail in MACC's Environmental Handbook for Massachusetts Conservation Commissioners. Over half of Massachusetts' communities have adopted local non-zoning bylaws or ordinances giving Commissions further power to protect wetlands. The state's highest court has approved the use of such municipal laws. These are administered by Conservation Commissions. If the bylaw/ordinance gives it the power, the Commission may also adopt regulations for its implementation.
Leroy (Skip) Clark
Members are appointed by the Select Board to serve for 3-year terms
Open Space Committee Members
The Open Space Committee is charged with updating the Open Space Plan (2017). The Committee is appointed by the Conservation Commission.