Conservation

Seven volunteer Hanover residents are required for a full Conservation Commission- five voting members, and 2 associate members.  Each member is appointed by the Town Manager for a period of three years with approval from the Board of Selectmen.  Their mission is to protect the natural resources of the Town of Hanover.  In order to do so, their actions are based on State and local wetlands protection laws.  Permits are issued contintgent on the type and extent of each project. 

Conservation Commission members attend an average of 24 meetings throughout the year.  Currently, the Commission meets regularly on each 1st and 3rd Wednesday evening per month.  In order to make informed decisions, members also attend scheduled site inspections.  

The Commission is aided by a Conservation Agent who is experienced in the administration of 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 2nd floor of 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 wildlfe, and enjoyment for all. 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Sandra MacFarlane Conservation Agent 781-826-6505 sandra.macfarlane@hanover-ma.gov

Current Conservation Commission Members

Name Title
Brian McLoone Chair
Lisa Satterwhite Vice Chair
Frank Brierley Hearing Officer
Robert Sennett Conservation Commissioner
James Vaille Conservation Commissioner
Duke (Otis) Magoun Associate Member
Vacant - Associate Associate Member