The Conservation staff in the Land Use Department are responsible for the day to day operation of the Conservation Commission. This includes:
- Reviewing applications for work near wetlands, as well as drafting, issuing, and monitoring wetland permits to ensure compliance with the Wetlands Protection Act
- Providing residents with education and outreach information on the wetland permitting process
- Managing Weston’s 1,800 acres of Conservation Land
- Administering a number of land management contracts
- Conducting baseline documentation of conservation land and Conservation Restrictions
- Monitoring conservation land for encroachments, and
- Collaborating with Weston Forest and Trail Association (WFTA) for trail management and education
- Collaborating with Land’s Sake, Inc. for community farming and education, sustainable forestry, and maple sugaring
The regulatory body responsible for the protection and management of Weston’s natural resources and the administration of the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act.
The Conservation Commission owns and maintains approximately 2,000 acres of protected land throughout Weston that is open to the public for passive recreation.
Both the Conservation Department and Commission are dedicated to wetland and environmental education, from our e-newsletter to stormwater protection and more.
The Commission is responsible for a number of management activities aimed towards the protection and responsible use of Weston’s natural resources.
Learn how to obtain a wetlands permit, how to request and mitigate tree removals, and how to apply to use conservation land for a group activity.