The Commission is aided by a Conservation Agent who is experienced in administrating all applicable wetlands protection laws, wetland on-site review, and land management. It is the responsibility of the Conservation Agent to obtain and disseminate accurate information to the Commission to help them make informed and fair decisions for their fellow residents and all who apply for decisions from the Commission.  

The Conservation Office, located on the second floor of the Town Hall, is open during regular work hours of the Town Hall. On-site meetings and property inspections may be scheduled during those hours to meet the needs of applicants who propose projects.

In addition to permitting, the Conservation Commission, along with the Open Space Committee, is responsible for oversight of over 1,000 acres of protected public lands. Both committees work together to preserve, protect, and maintain these sites for their natural beauty, abundant wildlife, and enjoyment.

All Abbreviated Notice of Resource Delineation (ANRAD) applications must include a separate check for the establishment of a Guarantee Deposit Account, which will be used for peer review. Please get in touch with the Conservation Agent for additional information regarding the amounts due and the name of the review consultant who will be assigned to your delineation project.

Preferred Contact

The best way to communicate with the Conservation Office is through email. Please send your correspondence and messages to Sandra MacFarlane, Conservation Agent, at

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Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Sandra MacFarlane Conservation Agent 781-826-6505 (Email preferred: