Conservation Commission        

Heath Conservation Commission

The primary function of the Conservation Commission is to preserve and protect the local wetland resource areas, as defined in the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act. Since colonial times, Massachusetts has lost nearly one third of its wetlands. The loss of wetlands means the loss of important benefits they provide. This includes the protection of water quality and water supplies, storm water and flood damage prevention, and the protection of wildlife and plant habitat. Our goal is to protect the community’s natural resources for present and future generations.

The Conservation Commission is composed of appointed town officials who serve as unpaid volunteers. The Commission meets as needed for the conduct of regular business and for public hearings. Check the bulletin board in the entry hall of Sawyer Hall for posted meetings or call the Chair to be added to an agenda (see below for contact info.).

Commissions’ Legislative Authority

In Massachusetts, Conservation Commissions’ authority comes from several sources: the Conservation Commission Act (MGL Chapter 40 section 8C) for open space protection; the Wetlands Protection Act (MGL Chapter 131 section 40) for protecting wetlands and waterways (Commissions have real power - they issue the permits); and the home rule provisions of the state constitution for non-zoning wetlands bylaws. All state statutes can be found in the Massachusetts General Laws on the state web site.
Staff/Members/Terms/Other Areas Served
Chair: Brian DeVriese (Appointed Annually)

Member: Dennis Peters
Member: Pam Porter
Member: Buck (Bernard) DenOuden
Member: Vacant
Consultant: Bill Lattrell
Contact - Phone/Fax/Email/Mail
Phone: (413) 337-4934 (Chair: 413-337-5525)
FAX: (413) 337-8542
Mailing Address:
Conservation Commission
Town Of Heath
1 East Main St.
Heath, MA 01346


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All Conservation Commission Documents

  T Name Size Last Modified Other Sorts
Actions application/pdf Heath Regulations Wetlands By Law
260.52 KB 05/24/17 Information
Actions application/pdf Heath Wetlands Protection By Law
196.50 KB 05/24/17 Information

Meeting Schedule

Meets as needed. If you would like to be added to an agenda, please phone Chair at 337-5525.