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Easton Conservation Commission

Mission Statement:
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.

Conservation Commission Wetland Permit Applications:

PermitEyes is our online system for submitting to, and viewing permits before the Conservation Commission.

To submit an application:

Access your previously submitted application on PermitEyes, by clicking here,

Members of the public may view projects/applications
by clicking here.

This Comprehensive Permitting Guide provides guidance for registering as a new user, creating an application, uploading documents, as well as understanding State and Local wetlands protection regulations and application requirements.  


Sustainable Lawn Care

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.

 Disposal of Landscape Materials
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 observe dumping in or alterations of the wetlands or on conservation land, please contact Easton Land Use / Environmental Planner, by calling 508-230-0631.


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.

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).

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.

Conservation Commission Members:
 Name     Position               Term Ends:            
 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
 VACANT  Member  June 30, 2024
 
 ASSOCIATE MEMBERS
 Christopher Patrick
 Jonathan Chace
 Stefan Cautino



Staff:
Jennifer Carlino, Land Use/Environmental Planner
Patricia C. Howe DiRenzo, Principal Clerk