Conservation Commission

The Shutesbury Conservation Commission is a group of volunteers dedicated to protecting the community's natural resources and open space.

The Commission is responsible for administering:

  • Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act (MGL Ch 131 §40)
  • Massachusetts WPA Regulations (310 CMR 10.00)
  • Shutesbury General Wetlands Protection Bylaw, and the Regulations that accompany it.

Meeting Schedule

From November through February, the Conservation Commission holds public meetings on the second Thursday of each month at 7pm in Town Hall.

From March through October, Commission meetings are held on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 7pm in Town Hall.

Special meetings will be posted at Town Hall.

Site visits are normally scheduled to occur prior to public meetings.



From the Conservation Commission to property owners who received abutter notices from WD Cowls/TRC:

The Abbreviated Notice of Resource Area Delineation process is used to determine wetland boundaries, riverfront area or other resource areas on a parcel of land. These 4 ANRADs are not specific to a particular project and any potential projects will not be part of the public hearing.  Please see the Town online meeting calendar or call the Conservation Commission office for the ANRAD public hearing continuation dates. 

Here are the links to the ANRADs



Pratt Corner East

Pratt Corner West

Do you know what activities require contacting the Conservation Commission?

Do you know what activities are allowed and what are prohibited in a wetlands resource area?  Read our wetlands brochure for a summary.

Contact the Shutesbury Conservation Commission with questions about any proposed project near a wetlands:

  • Visit Town Hall or call 259-3792 during office hours of the Conservation Commission Clerk, Linda Avis Scott (Tuesday and Thursday 10am to 12noon).
  • Attend one of the Commission meetings.
  • Leave a message at 413-259-3792.

In emergency situations:

  • If you observe a violation on a site with a posted DEP number, call the Conservation Commission.
  • If you observe a violation of Town regulations (such as dumping on a roadway), call the Shutesbury police at 413-259-1279.
  • If you observe a violation of Wetlands regulations (such as destroying a beaver dam), call the Environmental Police Emergency Dispatch at 1-800-632-8075.