Conservation Commission

Mission Statement

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.

Staff Contacts

Name Title
Tomeca Murphy Secretary

Commission Members

NameTitleTerm Expires

Chair

2022

Eric Bigelow

Member

2021

Willard Cannon

Member

2020

Joseph Dell'Aquila

Vice Chair

2021

Melissa Danza

Member

2020

Leroy (Skip) Clark

Member

2020

Jared Gentilucci

Member

2022