Conservation Commission


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Meeting Dates and Filing Deadlines - 2023

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The Conservation Commission is the Town body responsible for protecting Westford's natural resources. It is also responsible for the administration of the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and Westford's Wetlands Bylaw.

Mission Statement

The Commission's chief responsibilities are administering the State Wetlands Protection Act and local non-zoning wetlands bylaw, which primarily entails review of projects proposed to take place within 100 feet of wetlands to protect the important benefits and resource values provided by wetlands, and acquiring and managing land for the protection of the natural resources and watersheds of the town. The Commission has over 2,100 acres of town owned land in its care and custody, and is also responsible for overseeing compliance with 67 permanent Conservation Restrictions on over 1,700 acres of land. The Commission also has responsibility for overseeing the management of the facilities at East Boston Camps and the Hill Orchard.

The Commission has 1 full-time staff person, Matthew Salem, Conservation/Resource Planner. If you have any questions regarding the Commission's work, please call 978-692-5524.

Note that Westford's conservation lands remain open during the COVID-19 outbreak. Getting outside to enjoy the outdoors on Westford's trails is healthy for the body and mind. Please remember to keep your dog on a leash and follow the CDC Guidelines.


  • Practice social/physical distancing by keeping at least 6 feet apart, even outdoors.
  • Stay home if you are sick, having any symptoms, or if you might have been exposed.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water.
  • DO NOT congregate in groups of any size during your visit.
  • Dogs must be controlled at all times by an adult (this means on a leash).
  • Check for deer ticks often while visiting, and again after you get home; yes, they’re out.
  • Please help out (and also set a good example) by bringing a trash bag and gloves and picking up trash (and also taking away)… every little bit helps!
  • And please take note of the number of vehicles parked at the conservation area you plan to visit, since this will give you an idea of the number of current visitors. If a lot of vehicles are present, please choose another property or time to visit.
     Thank you