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Conservation Commission
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Contact:
Conservation Office Secretary
Address:
Municipal Building
355 E.Central Street
Franklin, MA 02038
Phone:
508-520-4929
Fax:
508-520-4906
Hours:
Monday through Thursday, 8am - 4pm
Friday, Closed
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If you are planning any landscaping or building within 100 of a wetland or 200 of a stream, please contact the Conservation Office to determine whether you will need a permit! Please call us before you break ground or cut trees!
Name
Title
Term Expires
Jeff Livingstone
Chairman
2016
Tara Henrichon
Commissioner
2018
Paul Harrington
Commissioner
2016
Scott McLean
Commissioner
2017
Ravi Pendkar
Commissioner
2017
Angela Gelineau
Commissioner
2019
Bill Batchelor
Commissioner
2018
George Russell AICP
Conservation Agent
 
Kathy Celorier
Administrative Assistant
 
Please note: While we invite you to contact us regarding conservation issues, we wish to remind you that as we are volunteers, we do not read emails relating to this committee on a daily basis. For immediate attention, we suggest that you call or email the Conservation Dept Staff . Thank you for your cooperation.
 
 
Notice of Intent packages may be picked up at the Conservation Office.

Purpose:

The Conservation Commission is the official agency specifically charged with the protection of Franklin’s natural resources. The Commission also advises other municipal officials and boards on conservation issues that relate to their areas of responsibility.

The first powers given to the Commission (ref Conservation Commission Act of 1957 - MGL Ch.40 sec. 8C) focused on "promotion and development of natural resources…and protection of watershed resources". In 1972 Conservation Commissions were authorized to administer the State Wetlands Protection Act (M.G.L. Ch 131 sec. 40), the first act of its kind in the nation. Additionally, the Conservation Commission is charged with administering the Town's Wetland Protection Bylaw (Codebook, Chapter 181). (Approximately 40% of the communities in the Commonwealth have enacted some form of local wetland protection bylaw.)

The Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act prohibits any filling, excavation, or other alteration of the land surface, water levels, or vegetation in wetlands, floodplains, riverfront areas or other wetland resource areas regardless of ownership without a permit from the local Conservation Commission. There are many procedures for various proposed activities. The Conservation office would be glad to describe and explain which is best for your circumstances.

Meetings:

The Commission meets every other Thursday, at 7:15 PM in the Town Council Chambers. The hearings are broadcast live on Franklin Cable Channel 11 and are replayed the following Monday on Channel 8. Please see the program listing on the Town Website Index for more information.