Sustainable Lawn Care
Disposal of Landscape Materials
The Conservation Commission encourages all landowners to follow the Sustainable Lawn Care Guidelines to establish a cool season lawn that can be maintained easily with reduced need for fertilizers, pesticides, and watering. Ensuring adequate organic matter content, proper soil pH (6.5-7.0), soil texture, selecting low maintenance grass seed species, using a proper grass cutting height, aerating and using a proper watering schedule are all important to maintaining a healthy organic lawn.
With the arrival of warm days and spring fever, the Easton Conservation Commission reminds you to be mindful of where you dispose of your lawn and garden waste. Do not dispose leaves, yard debris, or mowed grass in or near wetlands or streams out of concern for your neighbors, local wildlife and the laws and regulations that govern the town.
The dumping of landscape materials alters the natural vegetation of a wetland and conservation lands. Over time, this decreases the ability of the wetland to provide flood storage, trap pollutants, and provide wildlife feeding, breeding and overwintering habitat. Vernal pools - flowing or dry- and lands within 100 feet of these wetlands are protected under the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and the Easton Wetlands Protection bylaw and its regulations.
If you notice residents, neighbors or landscapers dumping in the wetlands or on conservation land, please contact Easton Environmental Planner, Andrea Langhauser, at ALanghauser@easton.ma.us or call 508-230-0631.
Conservation commissions were established in 1957 under Massachusetts General Law which gave the cities and towns the authority to promote, develop and protect natural resources, including wetlands. An integral part of the Easton’s Department of Planning & Economic Development, the Conservation Commission administers and enforces state laws and town bylaws affecting wetland resources. The Commission owns and manages over 3,000 acres of open space in Easton and works with individuals and groups concerned with natural resource protection.
Easton Trails is a new interactive map showing all open space parcels in town - weather managed by a town department, state or private conservation group - as well as trail head, parking and the actual trail map. For more information go to our Conservation Lands webpage.
On Line Conservation Commission Applications:
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The Conservation Commission's Comprehensive Permitting Guide provides you with guidance to register as a new user, create an application, upload documents, and understand the regulations and requirements.
To submit an application on PermitEyes
- register on PermitEyes
- create a new application
- verify your desired hearing date: Conservation Commission's 2021 Meeting Schedule including filing deadlines
- Conservation Commission's Meeting Schedule including Filing Deadlines.
- Conservation Commission Meetings Webpage
Access your previously submitted application on PermitEyes, by clicking here,Click here to access the public view of applications
The Easton Conservation Commission voted on January 6, 2020 to modify the existing wetlands regulations Chapter 503 of the Easton Code book - specifically fees (C. 503-24) , maintenance of certain stormwater basins (503-7), term extensions (503-8), and vernal pool performance standards (503-13).
Conservation Commission Members:
The Climate Change Assessment (MVP) Plan summarizes the findings of public workshops on how Easton can respond to natural hazards like flooding, changing seasonality, and extreme temperatures.
|Rory Kallfelz||Chair||June 30, 2023|
|Ben Carroll||Member||June 30, 2023|
|Michael Spadea||Vice Chair||June 30, 2022|
|Carol Lundeen||Member||June 30, 2022|
|Charles Malo||Member||June 30, 2021|