Conservation Commission

Appointed Commission Members

Member Position Term
Robert T. Elliott Chair June 30, 2024
Stuart Lahtinen Member June 30, 2025
Robert C. Rand Member June 30, 2024
Patricia Swain Rice Member June 30, 2024
Peter A. Steeves Member June 30, 2026
Timothy P. Dinsmore Member June 30, 2026
Emily J. Boeing Member June 30, 2025
Paula Terrasi Conservation Administrator / Staff N/A

The Conservation Commission is Pepperell's steward for town-owned conservation land and local administrator of Massachusetts' Wetlands Protection Act. Working with landowners, the Commission ensures that our natural resources are protected, and that construction and environmental alterations are accomplished in compliance with state laws. The Commission also works with and advises other town bodies, including the Planning Board, Board of Health, and the Building Inspector's Office on natural resources issues and potential land conservation.

The Commission is made up of seven members, appointed by the Select Board, serving three-year terms.

The Commission is pleased to provide Town residents information on recreational uses of town conservation lands, conservation literature including Pepperell's Open Space & Recreation Plan (available for download here as a PDF, approx. 3.5MB), the 2010 Five-year Plan update to the Open Space & Recreation Plan (PDF 21KB), links to other conservation resources, the town's Wetland Protection Bylaw, and applications and forms.

Meeting Information

The Commission typically meets virtually the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 7:00 p.m. Commission meetings are open to the public and include Public Meetings and Hearings relating to applications filed under the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act. Legal Notices of these meetings/hearings are published before each Commission meeting in the Nashoba Valley Voice. The deadline for filing applications to be included on the Commission's agenda is at least fifteen days before the desired meeting date due to the publishing schedule and deadlines of the Pepperell Free Press. Please confirm meeting dates and deadlines with the Conservation Administrator. This deadline can vary if a holiday changes the newspaper's publication schedule.

Past meeting minutes and the agenda for the next meeting are available for review.

Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to meetings. Minutes are available upon request.