Conservation Commission

History

The Dartmouth Conservation Commission was one of the earliest Commissions in Massachusetts holding its first meeting in 1961.  From 1961 through 1972 the Commission’s time was spent analyzing open space, prioritizing open space acquisition, coordinating open space activities with other governmental and non-governmental agencies and performing other tasks related to the protection and enjoyment of open space.  In 1972 Conservation Commissions in Massachusetts were assigned the task of administering the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act (MGL Chapter 131 §40).  The Dartmouth Wetlands Protection Bylaw, adopted by the Town in 1980, strengthens aspects of the Wetlands Protection Act for the protection of the Town's natural resources.

While open space protection remains a top priority for the Conservation Commission and staff, it is the regulatory function that Conservation Commissions are most identified with by both the general public and other municipal agencies. The provisions of the Wetlands Act and the Wetlands Bylaw combined affords the Conservation Commission the supportive authority to control activities which border upon or are within wetland resource areas to protect the public interests associated with wetlands.

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Michael O'Reilly Environmental Affairs Coordinator 508-910-1822
Marc Garrett Conservation Officer 508-910-1822
Tina Cabral Conservation Aide 508-910-1804
Donna Farias Conservation Aide 508-910-1804

Members - Appointed by Select Board

NameTitleTerm
Michael A. Kehoe

Chairperson

2016

Kyle Ross

Vice-Chairperson

2018

Joseph F. Burke Jr.

Commissioner

2018

Richard Golen

Commissioner

2017

Richard Mallen

Commissioner

2017

Patricia Sweriduk

Commissioner

2017

Kelly J. Wilbur

Commissioner

2019

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