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Conservation Commission
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Conservation Agent
Conservation Clerk
Conservation Commission
Center Office Building 301 Main St (Mailing Address: 308 Main St)
Sturbridge, MA 01566
*All meetings/hearings are 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month, 6:00pm in the Center Office Building. See Meeting Calendar for meeting listings and agendas.

Conservation Department Hours

8:00 am-4:00 p.m.
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Conservation Commisioners
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Edward Goodwin
David Barnicle
Steven Chidester
Steve Halterman
Paul Zapun

Welcome to the Town of Sturbridge Conservation Department


Mountan Laurel in bloom during mid-June at
Heins Farm Conservation Area

*Note to all open space visitors: If while visiting any Conservation Lands you observe suspicious behavior or illegal activity please contact the
Sturbridge Police Department at 508-347-2525, or the
Conservation Department at 347-2506.


Sturbridge Conservation Commission Information:
Conservation Commission meetings and hearings are held first and third Thursdays in the 2nd floor meeting room of the Center Office Building, 301 Main Street. Meetings begin at 6:00 pm, public hearings begin at 6:15 pm and the public is welcome to attend all meetings and hearings.   Meetings which fall on holidays are automatically cancelled and will not be rescheduled.   Applications for public hearings are due three weeks in advance of the meeting you wish to heard at.  Agendas or changes to the regular meeting schedule will be posted on the Town Clerks Bulletin Board, the Commission Bulletin Board and on the Town Web Site Bulletin Board at least 48 hours in advance of a scheduled meeting.

The Conservation Commission administers the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act (MG.L. Chapter 131, Section 40), The Rivers Protection Act and related regulations as well as the Town of Sturbridge Wetland Bylaws, Regulations and Policies. The purpose of these regulations, policies  and bylaws is to protect the wetlands, related water resources and adjoining land areas (buffer zones) in Sturbridge.  This is done by monitoring and reviewing activities jurisdictional to the Sturbridge Conservation Commission through the permit application process.  The Conservation Commission reviews projects that will likely have a significant or cumulative effect upon resource area values.

Wetland resource areas that fall under the jurisdiction of the Conservation Commission are not always apparent. Any proposed activity that may remove, fill, dredge or alter a wetlands resource area is subject to Conservation Commission approval. Wetlands that are subject to protection under the bylaw and regulations include banks, beaches, isolated wetlands, marshes, wet meadows, bogs swamps, lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, intermittent streams, seasonal wetlands, land under any of the above water bodies, land subject to flooding and land within 200 feet of any of the above areas.

The purpose of Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act is to protect the following eight interests: public and private water supplies, protect ground water, provide flood control, storm damage prevention, prevention of pollution, protection of land containing shellfish, protection of fisheries and protection of wildlife habitat. The Sturbridge Wetlands Bylaw is intended to provide more stringent wetlands and natural resource protection which also serves to protect/provide erosion and sedimentation control, protection of water quality, protection of rare species habitat, protection of recreational values, and protection of agriculture and aquatic activities.

The Commission sponsors an annual Lakes Monitoring Program, and administers an annual Earth Day trash clean up.  

 If you can not find information or would like to see something posted that is not here, please email or give us a call.  Contact information is posted at the top of this page.

Town of Sturbridge 308 Main Street, Sturbridge MA 01566
Phone: (508) 347-2500    Fax: (508) 347-5886
The Town of Sturbridge is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
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