Conservation Commission

The Shutesbury Conservation Commission is a group of volunteers dedicated to protecting the community's natural resources and open space.

The Commission is responsible for administering:

  • Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act (MGL Ch 131 §40)
  • Massachusetts WPA Regulations (310 CMR 10.00)
  • Shutesbury General Wetlands Protection Bylaw, and the Regulations that accompany it.

The Commission is tasked with enforcing these statutes, as well as advising the Town and educating the public about environmental protection. Our mission is to protect open spaces, water resources, and wildlife habitats in our community. The Commission manages several Conservation Areas in Shutesbury.

Meeting Schedule

From November through February, the Conservation Commission holds public meetings on the second Thursday of each month at 7pm in Town Hall.  Special meetings will be posted on the Town calendar.

From March through October, Commission meetings are held on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.

NOTE: Our meetings are currently held virtually on ZOOM.  Links to ZOOM meetings can be found on the Shutesbury Calendar.  Click on the meeting within the calendar and you will see the agenda with a link to the meeting.  Information on all applications before the Commission are posted below.

Site visits are normally scheduled prior to public meetings.

When should I contact the Conservation Commission?

Cowls/AMP Energy Solar Projects ANRADs

Active Projects Under Conservation Commission Review

Town Conservation Projects

DCR Forest Cutting Plans



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