Conservation Commission

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Welcome and thank you for visiting the Pittsfield Conservation Commission's web link.  Pittsfield's unique blend of wonderful urban and rural landscapes provides for a diverse array of exceptional natural resources.  The Pittsfield Conservation Commission plays an integral role in conserving such resources through the preservation of their functions and values.  This Conservation Commission consists of a seven-member group of volunteers charged with adhering to law set forth in M.G.L Chapter 131, § 40 (more commonly known as the "Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act") and its accompanying regulations seen at 310 CMR 10.00.  The Commission holds regular meetings to discuss proposed activities within jurisdictional wetland resource areas, and their applicable buffer zones, and makes sound decisions pertaining to each project in a separate and distinct manner.


Mission

To protect the wetland resources within the City through the implementation and administration of the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and its applicable regulations.  Protection is afforded to most all lands within:
  • 100 feet of any streams, creeks, lakes, ponds, wet meadows, marshes, fens, swamps, and/or bogs;
  • 200 feet of a perennial river; and
  • 100-year (FEMA Zone A) floodplains

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To acquire parcels as to preserve open spaces having high environmental function and value.  The overall goal is to implement sound management practices within these land tracts, and to educate the public in recognizing the overall benefits of wetland preservation.

The City of Pittsfield Conservation Office provides day-to-day assistance to permit applicants and is open weekdays from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.  The Conservation Office is located at City Hall, 70 Allen Street, Room 202, Pittsfield, MA 01201.  Please feel free to stop in, call, or email this office (rvanderkar@pittsfieldch.com) if you have any questions pertaining to wetland resource areas.