Conservation Commission

Regular Meetings

  • 7 p.m.
  • Generally the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month
  • Please see the Conservation Commission Posted Agenda for meeting date, location and details

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes | View Agendas and Minutes Prior to 2013

Conservation Commission Meeting Schedule and Filing Deadlines


  • Jennifer Hughes, Vice Chairperson (2024)
  • Sissy ffolliott (2025)
  • Catherine Carney-Feldman (2025)
  • Raymond Putnam (2026)
  • James Stone (2024)
  • John (Jack) Stone (2024)

About the Commission

The Massachusetts Wetland Protection Act (WPA) was enacted in 1957 to protect wetlands of the Commonwealth. It allowed each town to create a Conservation Commission to administer this state law at the local level. Ipswich was the first town in the Commonwealth to establish a Conservation Commission, on March 3, 1958. The Ipswich Conservation Commission is a 7-member, volunteer board who’ve been appointed by the Town Manager (and approved by the Board of Selectmen) to protect and uphold the state and local wetland regulations. In 2018 we are celebrating 60 years of protecting wetlands and wildlife in Ipswich. Specifically, the WPA empowers the Conservation Commission to determine if a project will adversely impact the following eight interests:

  • Protection of Public and Private Water Supply
  • Protection of Groundwater Supply
  • Providing Flood Control
  • Prevention of Storm Damage
  • Prevention of Pollution
  • Protection of Land Containing Shellfish
  • Protection of Wildlife Habitat
  • Protection of Fisheries.

The Ipswich Wetlands Protection Bylaw was established in 1990 by the voters of the town to further protect the wetlands, thus protecting the quality of life in Ipswich. The Bylaw adds Erosion and Sedimentation Control to the above interests. The Bylaw was last updated in 2016. Associated Rules and Regulations were approved by the Commission in 1992, and were most recently revised in 2018. A link to the Bylaw, as well as the associated Rules and Regulations, and Commission Policies can be found here here.

The Commission is supported by one full-time Conservation Agent; and two part-time staff persons: Conservation Field Inspector, and Conservation Assistant.  Contact information for Conservation Staff is available on the Conservation Office's webpage.

 To find out about the Conservation Commission's periodic Speaker's Series, including dates for upcoming presentations and links to videos of past presentations, visit the Speaker Series webpage.