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Conservation Commission
Contact TypeContact Information
Contact:
Conservation Agent
Address:
334 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230
Phone:
413-528-1619 x122
Fax:
413-528-2290
Meeting Schedule:
6:30 PM 4th Wednsday of each month @ Town Hall
Office Hours
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. Please call ahead for appointment.
Filing Deadline
Friday at 12:00 PM, two and one half (2 1/2) weeks before the public hearing. Nine (9) copies must be delivered to the Town Clerk's office on or before the deadline. Please call the office at (413) 528-1619 Ext.122 with any questions.

Standing: Conservation Agent Shep Evans, Andrew Mankin (Chairman), Gaetan Lachance, William Boyer, Jeffrey Cohen, David Shanahan. Seated: Jessica Dezieck and Lisa Bozzuto.
Standing: Conservation Agent Shep Evans, Andrew Mankin (Chairman), Gaetan Lachance, William Boyer, Jeffrey Cohen, David Shanahan. Seated: Jessica Dezieck and Lisa Bozzuto.
 
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Commissioners
Name
Title
Term Expires
Andrew Mankin
Chairman
2016
Lisa Bozzuto
 
2018
David Shanahan
 
2016
Jeffrey Cohen
 
2017
William Boyer
 
2017
Gaetan Lachance
 
2016
Jessica Dezieck
 
2018
 
 
Function:  The 1957 Conservation Commission Act authorized each city and town in Massachusettes to establish a locally appointed municipal agency to plan for natural resource protection, acquire important land and water areas, and manage these properties for conservation and passive recreation.  It is also the work of the Great Barrington Conservation Commission to locally administer the Wetlands Protection Act (WPA; MGL Ch 131, S.40), the Rivers Protection Act (Acts of 1996, Ch. 258), and the Great Barrington Welands Protection By-laws (Ch. 168).The purpose fo the Regulations are to protect public and private water supply, ground water supply, flood control, storm damage protection, prevention of pullution, protection of land containing shellfish, protection of fisheries, and protection of wildlife habitat.  The Regulations prohibit any filling, excavation or other alteration of the land surface, water levels, or vegetation in or near wetlands, without a permit from the local Conservation Commission.  Our responsibility is to review project plans, including construction, renovations, alterations, additions, pruning, tree cutting, land clearing, river clean up, and any activity within 100' of a lake, pond, vegetated wetland, or intermittent stream, within 200' of any perennial river (except for any river, lake or pond that is a public or private water supply, where the set back is 500'), and any work within floodplains.  

If you have any questions concerning a project, you can call the office or fill out a WPA Form 1 Request for Determination of Applicability.  This form is designed to answer any questions on whether your project is in a protected area and whether the work will effect the environment or not.