MISSION OF THE DEPARTMENT
The mission of the Conservation Commission is to protect the Town’s natural resources under the Conservation Commission Act (M.G.L. Chapter 40 § 8C (1957)) and the Town’s wetland resources under the Wetlands Protection Act (M.G.L. Chapter 131 § 40 (1972)), as well as the Wetlands Protection By-Law (G.L. Chapter 13 (1978)).
Under the Conservation Commission Act, the Commission plans for natural resource protection, acquires important land and water areas and manages open space for conservation as well as passive recreation. The Commission also encourages, reviews and monitors conservation restrictions. In addition, the Commission assists the Open Space Committee with revisions to and implementation of the Kingston Open Space and Recreation Plan.
In addition to natural resource and wetland resource protection, the Commission regularly conducts education and outreach to other municipal boards as well as the general public. The Commission accomplishes this outreach by: providing regular comment to other regulatory boards on natural resource/wetland issues; distributing brochures; posting important information on their webpage; conducting site visits upon request; accepting invitations to speak at community events; communicating with the media; advocating on behalf of the environment; as well as conducting business in an educational rather than confrontational manner.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Reference M.G.L., Chapter 40, Section 8C; ATM 3/16/63, Art. 27; ATM 4/13/92, Art. 33
Meets: every 1st and 3rd Tuesday or as otherwise posted
(See Meeting Calendar)