The Gloucester Conservation Commission administers the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act, Rivers Protection Act, and the local Gloucester Wetlands Ordinance. The Commission’s mission is to protect public interests including public and private water supplies, ground water, local flora and fauna and their habitats, and areas for passive recreation. It also looks to prevent or reduce flooding, and prevent erosion and pollution of Gloucester wetlands and waterways.
In ensuring these interests are protected, the Conservation Commission reviews and oversees activities that may alter resource areas or their buffer zones. Resource areas include: any bank, fresh water wetland, beach, marsh, wet meadow, bog, swamp, estuary, creek, river, stream, pond, lake, or vernal pool or any land under water. They also include bordering land subject to flooding (consisting of the 100-year flood plain) and isolated lands subject to flooding.
- Generally, first and third Wednesday of each month
- Conservation Commission Meetings are currently being held via Zoom Webinar during COVID-19 State of Emergency. Please visit Gloucester Remote Public Meetings for access information and meeting links.
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to Conservation Commission meetings.
The Conservation Clerk is in the office Monday - Thursday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm and can be reached at: (978) 325-5234.
The Conservation Agent, Adrienne Lennon is working remotely and in the field during the COVID-19 State of Emergency.
Agent Lennon is available to the public Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 9:00 am and 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm to answer questions and offer guidance about permitting, environmental management and general conservation questions.
Sign-in or call-in to the remote Open Office Hours via Zoom Webinar and use the ’raise your hand’ button to be activated by the Agent. You will be called upon in the order in which you are received.
Some questions will require more time and consideration than Office Hours are able to provide. Please be advised that individuals who need more than a 10-minute block will be asked to schedule a separate remote meeting with the Agent.
Open Office Hours via Zoom Webinars links below (links are updated weekly):
|First Name||Last Name||Address||Title||Commision Expiration|
|Robert||Gulla||593 Essex Avenue||Co-Chair||February 14, 2023|
|Ann Jo||Jackson||21 Salt Island Road||Co-Chair||February 14, 2022|
|William||Cook||2 Longview Road||Member||February 14, 2022|
|Linda||Charpentier||4 St. Joseph Lane||Member||February 14, 2024|
|Barry||Gradwohl||142 Hesperus Avenue||Member||February 14, 2024|
|Dave||Sargent||637 Essex Avenue||Member||February 14, 2022, fullfilling the unexpired
term of Helene Shaw Kwasie