Conservation Commission

Meetings


  • 7 p.m.
  • 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month
  • Meetings are often preceded by site visits to asses field conditions for projects brought to Commission for Wetlands Act Review

Agendas & Minutes


Agendas are available prior to meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

Members


The 7 members of the Conservation Commission are appointed by the town manager with the approval of the Board of Selectmen for 3-year terms in accordance with G.L. c. 40 s. 8C.
  • Hank Art,  Chair  (2019)
  • Stephanie Boyd, Vice Chair (2018)
  • Sarah Foehl (2017)
  • Philip R. McKnight (2017)
  • Richard Schlesinger (2017)
  • Robert Hatton (2018)
  • Nicholas Wright (2016)
Members may be contacted by email.

Purpose


The Conservation Commission is responsible for administering the Massachusetts Wetlands and Rivers Protection Act ("Wetlands Act"). The Commission also oversees 9 town-owned parcels of land dedicated to conservation and recreation.

The Commission reviews all projects in Williamstown that propose to remove, fill, dig, dredge, or alter any of the wetlands resource areas defined by the Wetlands Act. If you are an owner considering a project on property located near or containing waterways, ponds, or wetlands necessitating this type of review, please contact the Commission through its Agent, Andrew Groff via email, or call 413-458-9344 for more information on the Wetlands Act and whether it applies to your specific project.