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The Conservation Department and Conservation Commission are responsible for permitting and enforcement of the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and the more protective Wetland Bylaw, Chapter 172. Under the Conservation Commission Act they are charged with the protection of a community’s natural resources. They are involved with open space acquisition and the management of conservation lands. Contact the Conservation Commission at 508-261-7378 for more information.
Wetlands provide many invaluable functions to a healthy ecosystem and to society. Under the Wetlands Protection Act there are eight interests that are protected:
Additional interests under the Town Bylaw, Chapter 172:
For more information contact the Conservation Commission at 508-261-7378.
Under the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act Regulations (310 CMR 10) the Conservation Commission has statutory jurisdiction for activities within the 200 foot Riverfront Area of perennial streams and within 100 foot buffer zone to wetlands including, but not limited to inland banks, swamps, and marshes. The Mansfield Conservation Commission also has jurisdiction within the 100 Year Flood-plain and 100 feet from vernal pools under Chapter 15 of the Town’s General Bylaws.
There are two kinds of applications under these regulations.
These projects often require engineered plans showing the wetland resources on-site, abutter notification, and a public hearing.
Forms are available at the Conservation Commission’s Office or on the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection website.