Conservation Commission

As a member of the Conservation Commission, you are responsible for local administration of the state’s Wetlands Protection Act. If your community has its own local wetlands protection laws, your commission also administers local wetlands permitting. In many communities, the Conservation Commission also oversees open space planning and acquisition and stewardship of municipal land set aside for conservation through direct ownership or through conservation restrictions.

As you work to protect state and local wetlands, remember that two of the eight interests of the Wetland Protection Act are flood control and storm damage protection.

Following are some of the ways that you can help protect people, property, and natural resources:

Hazard Identification and Mapping


Regulation and Development Standards

Mitigation and Shore Protection


Emergency Services

Education and Outreach