Conservation Commission


  • 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.

Click here to view upcoming and historical meeting information 


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.


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.

Open Space & Recreation Plan
The Conservation Commission has been diligently working with various community stakeholders and an Ad Hoc Review Committee to update the Town's Open Space & Recreation plan. The plan was submitted to the Commonwealth for review in June 2017. 
Williamstown's Open Space & Recreation Plan