1000 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton, MA 02459
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Mission of the Newton Conservation Commission
As stated in MGL Ch. 40 Sec. 8C and the Newton Ordinance Article II, Section 22-19, the mission of the Newton Conservation Commission is four-fold:
(1) The Conservation Commission shall undertake “the protection of watershed resources” of Newton. This is accomplished by implementing the state Wetlands Protection Act and Newton floodplain ordinance.
(2) The Conservation Commission “shall conduct researches into its local land areas”. The Conservation Commission is a lead player in the development of the City’s Open Space and Recreation Plan.
(3) The Conservation Commission “may receive gifts … of personal property or interests in real property … in the name of the city or town” and “may acquire in the name of the city … restrictions, easements or other contractual rights … as may be necessary to acquire, maintain, improve, protect, limit the future use of or otherwise conserve and properly utilize open spaces in land and water areas within its city or town, and it shall manage and control the same.” The Conservation Commission acquires and manages parcels of open space.
(4) The Conservation Commission shall undertake “the promotion and development of the natural resources” and “shall seek to co-ordinate the activities of unofficial bodies organized for similar purposes, and may advertise, prepare, print and distribute books, maps, charts, plans and pamphlets”. The Conservation Commission engages in education and advocacy to protect and promote Newton’s natural resources.