Conservation Commission

Commission Members
William Zinni, chair
Rebecca Bottomley, vice chair
David Larson
Nicholas Paydos
Andy Mattox
Peggy Baxter, clerk

Phone: (413) 477-6197 Ext. 105

Meets: 3rd Tuesday of the month, beginnng at 6:30 p.m., Municipal Building

NOTE: Six (6) complete sets of applications/plans are required and MUST BE RECEIVED no later than 10:00 a.m. seven (7) business days prior to the meeting date for advertising purposes. OR:  If possible, instead of submitting hard copies, please send your application and plans, along with any maps and photos electronically to  Your information will be forwarded electronically to all members of the Conservation Commission. 

Next Meeting: Calendar

Purpose and duties of Conservation Commissions (pdf file)

The Conservation Commission fee for a legal ad has been raised is $90. 

Drivers: Be on the lookout for Moose and Deer

State Agricultural Officials Urge Residents to Check Plants for Spotted Lanternfly:  BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) today announced that a single dead specimen of spotted lanternfly, an invasive pest, was reported and confirmed at a private residence in Boston. As a result, MDAR urges the public to check for signs of spotted lanternfly adults in any potted plants that they may have received over the holiday season and to report any potential sightings of this pest on MDAR’s online reporting form by taking photographs and collecting a specimen if possible. Residents should look for large, gray insects, about one inch long, with black spots and red underwings.

Black bears are now active and seeking food. If you live in northern Middlesex County, Worcester County, western MA, or other areas where bears have been spotted, it's time to take down your bird feeders. Bears will often ignore natural foods including skunk cabbage in favor of an easy meal at a backyard bird feeder. Other species including wild turkeys and coyotes may also frequent bird feeders leading to a variety of nuisance issues. To avoid these problems, MassWildlife asks property owners to be proactive by removing bird feeders and other potential food sources including garbage or open compost.

If you enjoy watching birds in your yard, MassWildlife suggests adding a water feature, growing native plants, shrubs, and trees to attract birds. Individuals should also secure bee hives, chickens, and livestock. Properly maintained electric fencing is the only way to protect chickens or bee hives from bears. Taking these actions may prevent the unnatural feeding of bears and other kinds of neighborhood wildlife.

There are at least 4,500 black bears in Massachusetts and their range is expanding eastward. Take action by educating yourself and your neighbors about proactive measures to avoid conflicts with bears. Visit for detailed information and do your part to keep bears wild!

Last updated 10/2019