Conservation Commission

 

CONSERVATION COMMISSIONS  RESPONSE TO CORONA VIRUS (COVID-19)

The Conservation Commission and Staff is modifying our meetings and public hearing schedule in  response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the state of emergency declared both locally and state wide: 

The March 25, 2020 public hearings were continued to  April 22, 2020 and the April 8, 2020 Meeting was  cancelled.

Due to the extension of the State of Emergency, the advisory to stay at home until May 4, 2020, and the closure of Town hall  per the Municipal Releif Legislation (chapter 53 of the Act of 2020) signed by Governor Baker on April 2, 2020,  Jack Wiley, Chair of the Conservation Commission cancelled the April 22, 2020 meeting and continued the hearings scheduled on April 22, 2020 to May 13, 2020 the first hearing after May 4th, 2020. PLEASE BE ADVISED THE DATE MAY CHANGE IF THE STATE OF EMERGENCY IS EXTENDED.

NEW APPLICATIONS AND BUSINESS

MADEP APPLICATIONS 

should be handled as directed by DEP (https://www.mass.gov/guidance/guidance-to-conservation-commissions-and-applicants-for-submissions-during-massdep-office)

Local copy should be emailed tp Townclerk@walpole-ma.gov and  Lhershey@walpole-ma.gov (conservaton Agent)

Subject line:

 Walpole Conservation- indicate type of Application such as NOI, RDA, ANRAD - Applicants name

Example: Walpole Conservation -NOI-Joe Smith

WALPOLE COPIES OF APPLICATIONS AND OTHER BUSINESS

1) Applications: Email electronic copy of Application, attachments, and plan to Lhershey@walpole-ma.gov when you email SERO -DEP and mail checks and one copy to Conservation 135 School Street, Walpole, MA 02081

2) New applications and business will be scheduled as permitted on the May 13 and May 27 and other following agendas. The Conservation Commission and Staff will make every effort possible to continue business as allowed.

3) Comments on filings that are on-going or new should be emailed to Lhershey@walpole-ma.gov.

4) Requests to review applications and plans should be made to either the Applicant and/or Lhershey@walpole-ma.gov and I will forward you a copy.

On-Going Construction

PLEASE -All on-going construction with valid Order of Conditions  continue to review and maintain the erosion controls as required by the Order of Conditions and plans.

If you have a concern or question please let me know at Lhershey@walpole-ma.gov or (508)660-7253.

Site Inspections: Call or email Lhershey@walpole-ma.gov for inspections. 

Thank you and Stay Safe!

 

WHAT IS THE CONSERVATION COMMISSION?

The Conservation Commission is a Commission appointed by the Board of Selectmen (enabled by the Conservation Commission Act G.L. ch. 40, sec 8C) to plan for natural resource protection, acquire important  land and water areas, and manage these properties for conservation and recreation purposes. 

THE FUNCTIONS OF THE CONSERVATION COMMISSION

Regulations:The Conservation Commission administers the Massachusetts WetlandsProtection Act (310CMR 10.00), the Walpole Wetlands Protection Bylaw, and the Stormwater and Erosion Control Bylaw. See What you need to Need to File with Conservation at left column.

Planning: Prepares and implements Open Space and Recreation Plan.

Stewardship: Manages Conservation Land to foster  biodiversity, water resource protection, and passive recreation.

Preservation: Assures protection of important local land for water resource, agricultural resource, and historic resource protection.

Recreation: Promotes pasive recreation.

Education: Promotes and encourages local environmental education.

Productive or Economic: Encourages environmentally  appropriate agriculture, forestry and fishing uses on conservation land.

CONSERVATION LAND

Since the 1970’s the Town of Walpole has protected approximately 2000 acres of land under conservation. A list of the lands can be found in the draft 2011Open Space and Recreation Plan.

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Landis Hershey Conservation Agent 508-660-7253
Amy Messier Administrative Assistant 508-660-7250

Commission Members

Name Title
John Wiley Chairman (2021)
Albert Goetz Vice Chairman (2020)
Betsey Dexter Dyer Member (2021)
Roger Turner Member (2021)
Emidio DiVirgilio Member (2020)
Doug Burchesky Member (2022)