Andrew Groff, Conservation Agent
Kathy Thompson, Administrative Assistant
The seven members of the Conservation Commission are appointed by the town manager with the approval of the Board of Selectmen for three-year terms in accordance with G.L. c. 40 s. 8C.
Hank Art (2015)
Harold Brotzman (2014)
Van Ellet (2013)
Thomas Ennis (2015)
Sarah Gardner (2015)
Philip R. McKnight (2014)
Richard Schlesinger (2014)
The Conservation Commission is responsible for administering the Massachusetts Wetlands and Rivers Protection Act (”Wetlands Act”). The Commission also oversees nine town-owned parcels of land dedicated to conservation and recreation.
Commission meetings on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 7:00 p.m. are open to the public. Meetings are often preceded by site visits to assess field conditions for projects brought to the Commission for Wetlands Act review.
The Commission reviews all projects in Williamstown that propose to remove, fill, dig, dredge, or alter any of the wetlands resource areas defined by the Wetlands Act. If you are an owner considering a project on property located near or containing waterways, ponds, or wetlands necessitating this type of review, please contact the Commission through its Agent, Andrew Groff (firstname.lastname@example.org 458-9344) for more information on the Wetlands Act and whether it applies to your specific project.
If your project is subject to review under the Wetlands Act, all forms can be found at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection website. http://www.mass.gov/dep/water/approvals/wwforms.htm