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
should be handled as directed by DEP (https://www.mass.gov/guidance/guidance-to-conservation-commissions-and-applicants-for-submissions-during-massdep-office)
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.
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.
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.
|Landis Hershey||Conservation Agent||508-660-7253|
|Amy Messier||Administrative Assistant||508-660-7250|
|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)|