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Last updated: 12/20/17

Boston Conservation Commission

The Conservation Commission protects open space and natural areas in Boston. We place a special emphasis on the City’s wetlands. The commission reviews projects in or near wetlands. We also own a number of natural, open-space properties known as Urban Wilds.

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. In protecting Boston’s wetlands, the Conservation Commission administers the:

We also seek public access to wetland resource areas where it's appropriate.

Have questions? Contact us:

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

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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. 

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.