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Conservation Commission
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454 College Highway
Southwick, MA 01077
(413) 569-6907
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Christopher Pratt, Chairperson
Seth Kellogg, Vice-Chairman
Frank Soleimani
David MacWilliams
Mehmet Mizanoglu
Brian E. Drenen
Brian Pranka
Jean Nilsson, Secretary
The Conservation Office personnel consist of a part-time Coordinator. This is an annually appointed position by the Select Board.

The Commission is also comprised of seven members who are appointed by the Select Board for a three-year term to oversee the requirements of the Massachusetts Wetland Protection Act, and other activities that potentially impact the environment.

The Southwick Conservation Commission’s mission is to serve as the conservation conscience of the Town, providing leadership for natural resources planning.  The Commission works to protect, and where possible enhance plant and wildlife habitat to maintain Southwick’s natural resources.

The Commission, governed by Open Meeting law meets on the first and third Monday of each month in the 2nd floor Land Use Meeting Room of the town hall.  The Commission together with the Mass DEP reviews applications for work to be undertaken in or near a wetland. The Commission is entrusted with the application of the Wetland Protection Act, the Rivers Protection Act, CMR Wetlands Regulations, Storm Water Management Policy and Southwick Local Wetlands Bylaws.

There are two application types for work in a wetland area:

        •   The simplest is called a REQUEST FOR DETERMINATION.    
                The hearing fee for this permit is $75.00. The applicant will be billed directly by the Westfield News for the legal ad.

          •   The more complex application is the NOTICE OF INTENT.  
                This has a variable fee schedule determined by the complexity
               of the project and the impact there from. (See Schedule Below)
               Category 1C  Hearing Fee …………… .$55.00  
               Category 2C  Hearing Fee ……………. $250.00  
               Category 3C  Hearing Fee ……………. $525.00  
               Category 4C  Hearing Fee ……………. $725.00  

Hearing fee is per activity and subject to change.

Fees are subject to change before this page can be updated. Please check with the Commission to ensure accuracy of fees.

Forms (instructions attached) are available by stopping by the Town Clerk’s Office or by phoning a request to the Commission office.  The forms have also been made available electronically at

Southwick Wetland bylaws are enforceable by fines of up to $300.00 per day for infractions of the wetland law.

The Open Space Committee is comprised of a group on environmentally conscious members, appointed by the Select Board.  Goals include; to manage and enhance Town open space, permanently protect enough open space to maintain a rural agrarian character, aquatic resources and environmental balance of Southwick.   

The Southwick Conservation Commission Open Space Committee welcomes volunteers to assist in the many facets of land acquisition and management.  The Committee meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month in the second floor Land Use Meeting Room.  The Committee may be contacted by calling at 413-569-6907.

Town of Southwick, Massachusetts 454 College Highway, Southwick, MA 01077
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