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Open Space & Recreation Plan – 2019 Update

The Conservation Commission (with a lot of help from the general public and local stakeholder groups) undertook the process of updating the Town’s Open Space & Recreation Plan this past year.

The plan identifies goals and priorities to guide Town policy and investments in open space preservation and recreation over the next seven years. Currently, the plan is being reviewed for approval by the Massachusetts Division of Conservation Services.

If you have questions about the plan, please contact the Conservation Administrator at conservation@townofgroton.org OR 978-448-1106.
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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 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@grotonma.gov
Phone: 978-448-1106
Office: Town Hall
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 8:00 – 4:00 pm, Friday: 8:00 – 12 Noon


Nikolis Gualco
Nikolis Gualco
Conservation Administrator

Conservation Documents