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Contact:
Conservation Administrator
508-358-3045
PT Land Manager
Address:
41 Cochituate Road
Wayland, MA 01778
Phone:
508-358-3669
Fax:
508-358-3606
Hours:
Town Building Hours are:
Monday 8 am - 7 pm
Tuesday - Thursday 8 am - 4 pm
Friday 8 am - 12:30 pm
Office has Part-time Administrative Staff and may not be open at all times.

PLEASE NOTE: The Conservation office will be open 10 am - 2 pm on most days for the next few weeks beginning August 29, 2016. Email any questions to the Department Assistant at conservation@wayland.ma.us.






 
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Commissioners
Name
Title
Term Expiration
Roger Backman
Commissioner
2017
Joanne B. Barnett
Commissioner
2017
Sean Fair
Commissioner
2018
Sherre Greenbaum
Chair
2019
Barbara Howell
Vice Chair
2018
Tom Davidson
Commissioner
2019
John Sullivan
Commissioner
2017
Mission Statement
The citizens of Wayland have been strong advocates of conservation for many years, and the Conservation Commission was established at the relatively early date of 1961. The Commission devotes much of its time to administering the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and the Wayland Wetlands and Water Resources Bylaw, Chapter 194, which are intended to protect the quality and quantity of surface and ground water, prevent flooding and flood damage, and protect wetland-dependent wildlife and their habitat. 

The Wetlands Protection Act prohibit construction, earth-moving, or the alteration of soils or vegetation within 100 feet of the wetlands and/or 200 feet of a perennial stream without the authorization of the Commission.  In Wayland, wetlands include ponds, streams, vernal pools, banks, bordering vegetative wetlands, flood plains, and forested wetlands. The Conservation Commission is the only board that determines whether an area is or is not under their jurisdiction, no other board or department has the authority to do so. To determine whether your property, or a portion of your property, is under the Commission's jurisdiction call 508-358-3669

About 20 percent of the town's area has been secured as open space, including the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, town-owned conservation land, land of the Sudbury Valley Trustees, and miscellaneous private land. The Commission manages 16 major town owned conservation areas totaling 739 acres, and co-manages several other parcels with Sudbury Valley Trustees.The Commission maintains trails, leads educational activities, and sponsors maintenance "work parties".  For more Commission events, go to our seasonal Programs/Events page.


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Town of Wayland    41 Cochituate Road, Wayland, MA 01778-2614    Tel: (508) 358-7701    FAX: (508) 358-3627
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