Protected Resources

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Areas protected or jurisdictional areas:

Wetlands, streams, rivers, creeks, banks, ponds, lakes, floodplain, vernal pools and riverfront areas are protected under the wetland laws. Any activity which involves excavation, fill, removal of vegetation, change in grades, and/or change in water flow within these areas and/or within 100-feet of these areas may require filing with the Conservation Commission for a permit.

Land Protection

Over the past forty years the Town has acquired through donations, grants and purchases approximately 2000 acres of Open Space land for passive recreation and resource area protection. The Conservation Commission works with the Ponds Committee, Trails Committee, Adams Farm Committee, the Town Forest Committee and other Departments and Boards to manage and protect these areas and encourage additional donations or acquisitions to continue to protect Walpole’s precious resource areas.