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Last updated: 1/3/19

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
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.

Commission information

3 year
Total Seats:

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