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Conservation Commission

The primary function of the Conservation Commission is to preserve and protect the local wetland resource areas, as defined in the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act. Since colonial times, Massachusetts has lost nearly one third of its wetlands. The loss of wetlands means the loss of important benefits they provide. This includes the protection of water quality and water supplies, stormwater and flood damage prevention, and the protection of wildlife and plant habitat. Our goal is to protect the community's natural resources for present and future generations.

The Conservation Commission is composed of appointed town officials who serve as unpaid volunteers. The Commission meets as needed for the conduct of regular business and for public hearings. Check the bulletin board in the entry hall of Sawyer Hall for posted meetings or call the Chair to be added to an agenda (see below for contact info.).

Commission's Legislative Authority

In Massachusetts, Conservation Commission's authority comes from several sources: the Conservation Commission Act (MGL Chapter 40 section 8C) for open space protection; the Wetlands Protection Act (MGL Chapter 131 section 40) for protecting wetlands and waterways (Commissions have real power - they issue the permits); and the home rule provisions of the state constitution for non-zoning wetlands bylaws. All state statutes can be found in the Massachusetts General Laws on the state web site.

Contact Info

Phone: 413-337-4934

FAX: 413-337-8542

No meetings currently scheduled.


6 of 6 seats. 1 years each seat.

  • Brian DeVriese, Chair. Appointed Annually.
  • Bill Lattrell, Consultant.
  • Buck (Bernard) DenOuden, Member.
  • Dennis Peters, Member.
  • Pam Porter , Member.
  • Henry Josephson, Member. June, 2021.

Previous meetings:

Conservation Commission Meetings

Name Uploaded Date
   Agenda - Public Meeting September 8 2022 Lamothe RFD.doc (View on Calendar) 2022-08-30 10:52:02
Calendar of Events
Select Board Meeting -- SCHEDULED
Tue, Apr 23, 2024, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Jacobs Road Municipal Center Cafeteria
Posted to: Select Board
  • Attached File: 2024-04-23 Agenda
  • Wed, Apr 24, 2024, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Jacobs Road
    Select Board Meeting -- SCHEDULED
    Tue, Apr 30, 2024, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Jacobs Road Municipal Center Cafeteria
    Posted to: Select Board
    Wed, May 1, 2024, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Attached File: CHF 2024-05-01 Agenda
  • Fri, May 3, 2024, 12:00 pm
    JRMC Cafeteria
    Posted to: Treasurer
    Select Board Meeting -- SCHEDULED
    Tue, May 7, 2024, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Jacobs Road Municipal Center Cafeteria
    Posted to: Select Board
    Fri, May 10, 2024, 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    18 Jacobs Road
    Posted to: Town Clerk
    Sat, May 11, 2024, 9:00 am
    18 Jacobs Road
    Posted to: Town Clerk
    Thu, May 16, 2024, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
    Room 135 JRMC
    Posted to: Council on Aging
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