Town Planner & Conservation Agent
Planning & Conservation Clerk
One Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA 01376
(413) 863-3200 Ext. 207
2nd Thursday of the Month 6:30pm Second Floor Meeting Room
***We now require the submission of plans and permit applications in digital form***
The Conservation Commission Act , MGL Chapter 40, section 8C charges local conservation commissions with protection of the community's natural resources. The Montague Conservation Commission is the local government agency responsible for administering the Wetlands Protection Act as well as planning, acquiring and managing open space. The following summarizes those two primary functions of the Conservation Commission:
The Town of Montague administers and enforces theMassachusetts Wetlands Protection Act, which regulates activities that have the potential to remove, fill, dredge or alter wetland resource areas. Inland wetland resource areas protected by Massachusetts law include the banks of streams and ponds, vegetated wetlands bordering the banks, land under water, bordering and isolated areas subject to flooding and a 200-foot riverfront area extending horizontally from the banks of rivers that run all year. In addition, the Act protects a 100-foot buffer zone extending horizontally from the banks of streams and ponds.
Wetlands serve many important functions, including absorbing runoff and preventing flooding, stabilizing stream banks, filtering and cleaning surface water, trapping and recycling nutrients and pollutants, recharging groundwater and providing habitat for fish and wildlife. Construction in or near surface water and wetlands can impair these functions. If you are planning to do any work near wetland resource areas in Montague, such as clearing, excavation, grading and filling or construction, please contact the Conservation Commission office to ask whether your activity requires a permit.
The Commission has videotaped presentations on the Wetlands Protection Act and how it applies to homeowners, farmers and forest landowners and utilities and developers available for sale or loan. Pleasecontact the Commission office for more information.
The Conservation Commission Act , MGL Chapter 40, section 8C charges local conservation commissions with protection of the community's natural resources. The Montague Conservation Commission is the local government agency responsible for planning, acquiring and managing open space.
The Town's current Open Space and Recreation Plan was adopted in 2003 and the town has nearly completed a 2010 update. A variety of implementation activities are under way, please contact us to see how you can get involved.
The Conservation Commission works with landowners, private land trusts and state agencies to protect individual parcels of land for their natural resources and value for agriculture and forestry. The Town and the Commission have been supportive of protecting land through the use of Conservation Restrictions and Agricultural Preservation Restrictions, which keep the land in private ownership while protecting it from development. If you are interested in learning more about land protection options, please contact the Commission office.