Conservation Commission

Mission

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 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 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 or resource area. 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.

Staff Contacts

Commission Members

Name Title
Christopher Pratt Chair
Seth Kellogg Vice-Chair
Mehmet Mizanoglu Commissioner
David MacWilliams Commissioner
Frank Frank Soleimani Commissioner
Brian E. Drenen Commissioner
Brian Pranka Commissioner
Dennis Clark Coordinator
Jean Nilsson Secretary