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Last updated: 2/1/19

Boston Conservation Commission

The Conservation Commission enhances the quality of life in Boston by protecting water and land resources.

Protecting and restoring our natural environment and ecosystems is central to our mission. We know when people have clean parks and water, they are healthier and happier.

Have questions? Contact us:

Boston Conservation Commission
1 CITY HALL SQUARE, ROOM 709
BOSTON, MA 02201

About our work

Protecting Wetlands

Wetlands are vital to the City's natural environment. They provide a habitat for fish, shellfish, and wildlife. Wetlands maintain groundwater and water quality. They also mitigate the impacts of flooding, storm damage, and pollution. We also seek public access to wetland resource areas where it's appropriate. In protecting Boston’s wetlands, the Conservation Commission administers the:

Flood plains

Anything that falls within a flood plain can affect wetland health. That's why we review projects that fall within them. A flood plain is the area of land inundated during floods. 

Education

The commission also works to foster a connection between the people of Boston and the City’s natural areas. We do this through environmental education. We also maintain natural, open-space properties, known as Urban Wilds, that are open to the public.

Commission information

Department:
Authority:
Both
Term:
3 year
Stipend:
$0.00
Total Seats:
7

Current members

Member Appointed Expires Status
John P. Sullivan Jr. 11/1/2016 11/1/2019 Active
Michael Wilson 11/1/2016 11/1/2019 Active
Michael Parker 4/20/2018 11/1/2019 Active
Kristin Kleisner 1/20/2017 11/1/2019 Active
Anne Herbst 3/23/2017 11/1/2019 Active
Alice Richmond 1/29/2018 11/1/2019 Active
Aldo Ghirin Active