About Conservation Commission

COVID-19 UPDATED June 10, 2020

Conservation Commission Applications
Starting June 8, 2020 town offices are open to the public with safety guidelines - all visitors must wear masks and sign into visitor log located outside our office for contact tracing. Conservation Commission applications should be submitted per instructions listed on our website 

Conservation Commission Meetings
In accordance with the Governor’s Order Suspending Certain Provisions of the Open Meeting Law, G. L. c. 30A, § 20, relating to the 2020 novel Coronavirus outbreak emergency, all further meetings of the Canton Conservation Commission will be held entirely virtually to avoid group congregation.

Alternative public access to this meeting shall be provided in the following manner:
1. The virtual meeting recording will be provided to Canton Cable TV to post online, and play on the local cable station.
2. Real-time public comment can be addressed to the Commission utilizing the Zoom virtual meeting software for remote access. This application will allow users to view the meeting and send a comment or question to the Chair via the Chat function. Submitted text comments will be read into the record at the appropriate points in the meeting.

In 1957 the Massachusetts Conservation Commission Act was enacted, giving communities the option to establish conservation commissions to act as advocates for the natural environment, prepare appropriate conservation plans, and manage conservation lands. In 1972, the MA Wetlands Protection Act was enacted, giving conservation commissions the regulatory responsibility to implement the Act.

As such, the Canton Conservation Commission is a seven-member board of volunteers whose purview is to protect the ecological integrity of Canton's wetlands and surrounding landscape. In addition to implementing the Wetlands Protection Act (M.G.L. Chapter 131, Section 40) and its Regulations (310 CMR 10.00), the Commission is also responsible for implementing and enforcing the Canton Wetland Bylaw (Article XV) and Regulations, the Canton Stormwater Bylaw (Article XXI) and Regulations, and the Canton Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Bylaw (XX). The Commission owns and manages over 400 acres of open space for conservation purposes.

The Commission typically meets on the second and forth Wednesdays in the Tavern at Pequitside Farm on Pleasant Street at 7:00PM (see tentative schedule posted left). Our meetings are open to the public and we encourage you to attend any that might interest you.

When you call the Conservation Department with an inquiry please be ready to provide the property address, the map and parcel information (available from the Assessor's Office), and the permit number, if applicable, to facilitate answering your question.

We recommend making an appointment if you wish to talk to the Conservation Agent to ensure they are in the office and not out on inspections when you arrive. To make an appointment, please contact the Secretary.

Look for the Conservation Commission on Facebook and Instagram at @cantonmaconservation. 

Canton Conversations with guest Conservation Agent Regen Milani aired June 13-19, 2019 on Canton Community TV. To watch the video click: https://vimeo.com/342153550

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