Conservation Commission

 

CONSERVATION COMMISSIONS RESPONSE TO CORONA VIRUS (COVID-19)

The Conservation Commission and Staff is modifying our meeting 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 Agenda was posted March 20, 2020 and the Conservation Commission plans to continue all hearings to April 22, 2020 at the same times they are listed on the March 25, 2020 Agenda. 

The April 8, 2020 Meeting is been cancelled.

NEW APPLICATIONS AND BUSINESS

New applications and business will be scheduled as permitted on the May 13 and May 27 agendas. If you can hold off on submitting business please do otherwise  any comments or other Conservation business should be mailed to Town Hall, 135 School Street, Walpole, MA or emailed to Lhershey@walpole-ma.gov. The Conservation Commission and Staff will make every effort possible to contnue business as allowed.

If you have specific questions please contact Landis Hershey, Conservation Agent at Lhershey@walpole-ma.gov or 508660-7253.

 

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)