- 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
- Jennifer Hughes, Chairperson (2024)
- William Paulitz, Vice Chairperson (2022)
- Sissy ffolliott (2022)
- Catherine Carney-Feldman (2022)
- Raymond Putnam (2023)
- James Stone (2024)
About the CommissionThe 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 Commission is supported by one full-time Conservation Agent; and two part-time staff persons: Conservation Field Inspector, and Conservation & Planning Assistant. Contact information for Conservation Staff is available on the Conservation Department'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.