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The Conservation Commission was established in 1963 “for the promotion and development of the natural resources and the protection of the watershed resources” of the Town (Conservation Commission Act, MGL Ch. 40, §8C). The Commission is responsible for the administration of the Wetlands Protection Act (MGL Ch.131, §40) and Regulations (310 CMR 10.00) and the Town of Groton Wetlands Protection Bylaw (Ch. 215 of the Town Code) which became effective in 2001. Any person intending to alter any area in or within 200 feet of a river or perennial stream or in or within 100 feet of a wetland (intermittent stream, creek, lake, pond, swamp, marsh, bog, or wet meadow) must file a Request for Determination of Applicability or a Notice of Intent with the Commission. Minor projects (decks, utility installations, tree cutting, removal of non-native, invasive plants, etc.) that involve minimal or temporary intrusion into the 100-foot buffer zone of wetland resource areas require the filing of a Request for Determination of Applicability before the work commences.

The Commission also manages over 1000 acres of Town-owned conservation land and oversees applications for Agricultural Preservation Restrictions and Conservation Restrictions on privately held property. The periodic updating of the Groton Open Space and Recreation Plan is spearheaded by the Conservation Commission, with the assistance of the Parks Commission. A current Plan maintains the Town’s eligibility to apply for state funding grants. Community input and careful assessment of the status of natural resources assist the Town in prioritizing parcels for protection.

The Commission and staff advise other municipal officials and boards on conservation issues relating to these boards’ areas of responsibility. One member serves on the Earth Removal & Stormwater Advisory Committee. The Commission is staffed by Conservation Administrator Takashi Tada.



Contact Information
Email conservation@townofgroton.org Members 7
Phone (978) 448-1106 Selection Appointed
Fax (978) 448-1113 Term 3 years
Office Town Hall Remuneration None
Meeting Second and Fourth Tuesday @ 7:00 PM Meeting location Town Hall: Second Floor Meeting Room
Website townofgroton.org
Hours Mon 8-7PM; Tues 9-4PM; Wed 8-4PM; Thurs 9-4PM; Fri 9-1PM

Members
Appointed by: Board of Selectmen
MemberRoleTerm StartTerm End
Susan Black Member 03/10/2014 06/30/2016
Bruce Easom Member 07/01/2014 06/30/2017
Marshall E. Giguere Member 07/01/2012 06/30/2015
Mary J. Metzger Member 07/01/2014 06/30/2017
Peter Morrison Chair 07/01/2013 06/30/2016
John Smigelski Vice-Chair 07/01/2012 06/30/2015
Rena Swezey Clerk 07/01/2012 06/30/2015


News and Information


Conservation Commission Properties

Name of Property Acres Location
Allen Conservation Area
4.94
West Main Street
Ames Meadows
17.40
Town Forest Road
Baddacook Pond

See Shattuck Homestead
Baddacook Woods
3.30
Lowell Road at Allen's Trail
Balcom Estates
1.39
Spencer Circle off Hill Road
Batten Woods Conservation Area
24.62
Orion Way off Forge Village Road
Peter E. Bertozzi Wildlife Management Area
56.00
Townsend Road
Charles Bixby Conservation Area
4.20
West Main Street
Brookfield Commons Conservation Area
1.69
Labbe Road
Brookside Place Conservation Area
17.00
Whitman Road & Mara Lane
Caldwell Smith Subdivision

See Sawtell Drive
Carmichael Swamp Conservation Area
48.50
off Hayden Road
Carmichael II Conservation Area
2.63
off Madeline Drive
Cold Spring Pond
8.90
Longley Road
Cow Pond Brook Conservation Area
33.00
Hoyts Wharf Road
Cronin Conservation Area
36.00
Longley Road
Crosswinds Conservation Area
49.01
Crosswinds Drive
Deerhaven Conservation Area
17.63
Lowell Road
Desrosiers Conservation Area
0.17
Acorn Path
Eldridge Conservation Area
0.09
Pine Trail
Eliades Conservation Land
13.25
Old Ayer Road and Pacer Way
Farmers and Mechanics Club Site
19.30
Fairgrounds Road
Flat Pond Conservation Area
12.70
Townsend Road and Lakin Street
Flavell Crossing Conservation Area
106.00
Lowell Road
Flavell Road Conservation Area
1.89
Flavell Road
Fletcher Hill Conservation Area
4.40
Boston Road
Fletcher Hill
0.41
Corner Fletcher Hill Lane and Rt. 225
Floyd Conservation Area
55.00
Martin's Pond Road
Gilson Conservation Area
28.00
Route 119 & Gay Road
Gilson Estates Conservation Area
4.10
Gay Road
Groton Conservation Land

See Hurd Conservation Area
Groton Hills Conservation Area
32.00
Kaileys Way
Groton Woods Conservation Area
129.08
Duck Pond Drive
Half Moon Swamp
15.00
Off Half Moon Road
Hawtree Conservation Area
24.00
Raddin Road
Hemlock Grove
6.50
Pepperell Road
Heron Ridge
15.12
Lost Lake Drive
Hurd Conservation Area
32.72
Skyfield Drive
Integrity Estates Conservation Area
5.63
Pepperell Road
James River Greenway
1.38
Fitch's Bridge Road
Johnston Land Conservation Area
15.56
Maple Avenue
Knops Pond Island
0.26
Knopps Pond Road
Knowles Siding
3.23
Pleasant Street & Whistle Post Road
Labbe Road
0.24
Labbe Road
Lawrence Park Conservation Area
13.43
Fox Run
Longley Estates I Conservation Area
21.81
off Paquawket Path
Longley Estates II Conservation Area
44.50
off Drumlin Hill Rd.
McCarthy Parcel
5.20
Lowell Road
McLain's Woods Conservation Area
32.74
McLain's Woods Road
Meadowbrook Conservation Area
20.00
off Nashua Road
Northwoods Conservation Area
15.23
Northwoods Road
Old Mill Conservation Area
5.00
Abuts Rivercourt
O'Neill Way
2.31
North Main Street
Petapawag Canoe Launch
3.10
Nod Road
Richard F. Priest Memorial Area
5.30
Sargisson Beach
Red Line
3.80
Lowell Road to Cow Pond Brook
Reedy Meadow Conservation Land
55.00
Reedy Meadow Road
Harrison S. Ripley Forest
80.50
Martin's Pond Road
Sargisson Beach
19.00
Whiley Road
Sawtell Drive Conservation Area
30.00
Sawtell Drive off Chicopee Row
Shattuck Homestead
36.00
Martin's Pond Road
Sorhaug Woods Conservation Area

See Williams Barn Sorhaug Woods
Squannacook River Picnic Site
3.40
Townsend Road
Milton Starr Land
10.96
Townsend Road
Stonebridge Conservation Area
0.24
Forge Village Road
Throne Hill
0.15
Castle Drive and Pepperell Road
Torrey Woods Conservation Area
36.00
Off Chicopee Row
Walnut Run
9.50
Jenkins Road
Watson Way Conservation Area
5.46
Chicopee Row
Whispering Brook Conservation Area
13.50
Old Dunstable Road
Wiewel Land
40.00
Skyfield Drive
Williams Barn Sorhaug Woods Conservation Area
93.30
Chicopee Row
Williams Conservation Area
8.00
Chicopee Row
Woodland Park Conservation Area
23.30
Wildflower Lane Off Old Dunstable Road
Woodland Pond Conservation Area
9.60
Hidden Valley Road

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