Conservation Office

The Sudbury Conservation Commission was established in 1962 to protect local natural resources and features and to act as stewards of the town's conservation properties. More...



CPA State Matching Funds Announced
Sudbury benefits from increased state revenue
(Posted: Monday, November 18, 2013)

General Information

Stormwater Matters! Informational Slideshow
Sudbury's drainage system carries rainwater from the roadway to outfalls at brooks, ponds, rivers, and wetlands. There are many things a homeowner can do to help the Town keep our stormwater from degrading our water supply.
(Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012)
Melone Land Planning/Valuation Report
2012 Report by Larry Koff & Associates
(Posted: Friday, September 7, 2012)
2002 Community Vision for the Old Post Road
Workshops in 2001 and 2002 defined resident's preferences for Route 20 future development
(Posted: Monday, May 2, 2011)
Seeking New Members!
Ponds and Waterways Committee seeks new members
(Posted: Friday, March 25, 2011)
Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Four Season Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Complete
Study to be used to create concept designs
(Posted: Monday, November 23, 2009)
2009-2013 Open Space and Recreation Plan Complete
Lists goals and priorities for next 5-10 years
(Posted: Thursday, July 2, 2009)

Bylaws | Expand

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Wetlands Administration Bylaw April 1994 Sudbury's Town Meeting approved a Wetlands Administration Bylaw the purpose of this bylaw is to maintain the quality of surface water, ground water table and water recharge areas for existing, or potential water supplies; to protect the public health and safety; to protect persons and property against the hazards of flood water inundation; to protect the community against the costs which may be incurred when unsuitable development occurs in wetland resource areas; and to provide for the reasonable protection and conservation of certain irreplaceable natural features, resources and amenities for the benefit and welfare of the present and future inhabitants of the Town of Sudbury. December 9, 1999
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Land Acquisition Review Committee Mission Statement Mission statement of the LARC August 26, 2009
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Conservation Commission | Expand

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2011 Spring Walk Series 2011 Conservation Spring Walk series schedule April 29, 2011
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Conservation Land Use Rules and Regulations The Conservation Commission has adopted the following set of Rules and Regulations to help protect the Conservation Parcels in town. Pleas Read. April 27, 2010
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Sudbury Wetland Administration Bylaw September 22, 2009
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Wildlife Study #2 Map This is the map prepared by Sue Morse to accompany the comprehensive Wildlife Study #2 of the proposed Bruce Freeman Rail Trail. August 17, 2011
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WILDLIFE STUDY #2 of proposed Bruce Freeman Rail Trail A comprehensive Wildlife Study was completed with private funding to augment the Call of the Wild Study done by the Town of Sudbury in 2009. This new Wildlife Study, done by internationally acclaimed wildlife expert, Sue Morse, details existing wildlife and habitats along the proposed trail and the impacts that are likely to occur with trail construction. Scientific literature is cited throughout the document. September 9, 2011
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2012 Bow Hunting Regulations October 17, 2012
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2013 Rail Trail Concept Plans Presentation Staff presentation to the Board of Selectmen on four concepts for a rail trail in Sudbury July 31, 2013
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Cold Water Fisheries Protection in Sudbury Sudbury in a forerunner in Massachusetts in developing further regulatory standards for the protection of Cold Water trout streams. This presentation was given to the Greater Boston Chapter of Trout Unlimited on Feb. 25, 2013 by Debbie Dineen, Sudbury's Conservation Agent. March 11, 2013
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Hop Brook Conservation Land Forest Stewardship Plan Read more to lean about the newly developed Forest Stewardship Plan for Hop Brook Conservation Area. This plan was created by Gary Gouldrup of New Enlgand Forestry Consultants and funded through the Department of Conservation and Recreation 2010 Forest Stewardship Grants. October 13, 2010
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Hop Brook Forest Stewardship Plan September 15, 2011
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Hop Brook's Natural History Read this minibook about Hop Brook's Natural History and learn something you may not have known about this natural resource you have in town! April 28, 2010
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Johnson Farm - Conservation Comm consultant commments Nov 14 2011 November 15, 2011
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Johnson Farm 40 B Notice of Intent October 6, 2011
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Johnson Farm 40B Wetland Evaluation October 6, 2011
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Johnson Farm 40B Alternative Plans October 6, 2011
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Johnson Farm 40B Landham Rd., Wetlands Protection Act Notice of Intent Notice of Intent form, narratives, and alternative plans as submitted on Oct. 4, 2011 for the 189 Landham Road Johnson Farm. October 6, 2011
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Johnson Farm 40B Porous Pavement report from applicant November 8, 2011
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Johnson Farm 40B wetland summary October 6, 2011
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Johnson Farm 40B Wildlife Habitat Evaluation October 6, 2011
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Johnson Farm DEP MEPA comments December 19, 2011
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Johnson Farm Fire Dept comments November 15, 2011
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Johnson Farm Nov 14 2011 memo - Limited Project and Alternatives Analysis November 15, 2011
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King Philips Woods, Piper, Libby, Dickson Forest Stewardship Plan September 15, 2011
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MassWildlife's Beavers and the Law A Citizen's Guide to Addressing Beaver Conflicts April 14, 2009
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Native Planting List This is a list compiled by the Conservation Dept. of Native Plants in Middlesex County, it is not all inclusive but acts as a strong giude for residents when planting. July 15, 2009
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Nobscot Forest Stewardship Plan September 15, 2011
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Preserving Sudbury's Natural Heritage:Vernal Pools Please read to learn about vernal pools, you might not know just how important they are TO YOU April 28, 2010
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Rain Gardens and Compost Bins Have you ever wanted to build your own rain garden or compost bin? Do you know about the benefits to your town and yourself each involves? Have you ever wondered what a rain garden is? If you are interested in a easy to follow step by step process of the who, what, when, where, why and how for building your own sustainable rain garden or compost bin on your property, or are just curious about how each work, please click on these links provided through Massachusetts Greenscapes

November 6, 2009
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Report Rare Critters July 14, 2009
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Dates: Friday, Oct. 15, 2010
Friday, Nov. 5 , 2010
Time: 9:30-12:30 and
Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010
Time: 10:00-2:00

September 28, 2010
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Stewardship Volunteer Application Please click on the following short volunteer applicaiton form which you can download or submit via email! We hope to hear from you and work with you soon! March 25, 2009
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Sudbury Wetlands Admiistration Bylaw Regulation 8/11/2014 August 18, 2014
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Think Green With Your Stormwater Habits September 17, 2009
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Vernal Pools Click on the following PowerPoint Slideshow and Learn about what Vernal Pools are and why they are an Essential Part of the Ecosystem! This show is easy to follow. March 26, 2009
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Development | Expand

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Historic New England Letter on Pantry Brook Farm May 2, 2012
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Forms | Expand

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Volunteer Form for the Historical Commission October 29, 2010
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Information | Expand

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League of Women Voters Permitting Process Guide An informal guide to permits required in the Town of Sudbury. August 10, 2009
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Walkway Planning Priorities March 31, 2009
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Maps | Expand

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Barton Farm Map July 9, 2013
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Davis Farm Map July 9, 2013
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Frost Farm Map July 9, 2013
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Haynes Medow Map July 9, 2013
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Hop Brook Map July 9, 2013
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King Phillip Map July 9, 2013
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Lincoln Medows Map July 9, 2013
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Nobscot Map July 9, 2013
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Pantry Brook Farm April 30, 2012
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Pantry Brook Map July 9, 2013
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Weisblatt Map July 9, 2013
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Ponds and Waterways - Master Plan | Expand

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Master Plan February 22, 2011
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Master Plan Appendix 1 - Activities February 24, 2011
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Master Plan Appendix 2 - Report on other Pond Committees February 24, 2011
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Master Plan Appendix 3 - Watersheds May 24, 2013
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Master Plan Appendix 5 - Environmental Studies February 24, 2011
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Master Plan Appendix 6 - NPDES Permit Summary February 24, 2011
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Ponds and Waterways Committee | Expand

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Hop Brook Sediment and Dam Removal Study Hop Brook Sediment and Dam Removal Study - Draft Report - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - July 29, 2008 February 23, 2010
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US EPA order regarding the Marlborough Easterly Wastewater Treatment Plant issued Dec. 10, 2009 January 31, 2010
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Rail Trail | Expand

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Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Four Season Wildlife Habitat Evaluation November 23, 2009
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Are there any poisonous snakes in Sudbury?
No. Although most snakes in our area have tiny needle-like teeth and will bite if handled, none are poisonous. Some people erroneously believe that the black snakes they see basking around ponds and streams in the summer time are "water moccasins." They are merely Northern Water Snakes.
Is camping permitted on town conservation lands?
Yes, camping is allowed on the conservation lands, but you must obtain a permit from us. You must obtain a seperate permit from the fire deptartment if you wish to have a fire. Please contact the conservation office for more information.
Is there an area for Community Gardening in Sudbury?

The Sudbury Conservation Commission provides gardening plots at the Lincoln Meadows conservation land (north side) off Lincoln Rd.  Plots are 30' x 30' for $25 per season.  Plots come plowed & staked with composted manure available on site.  Organic and inorganic sections are available.


For an application, please call Debbie Watson at 978-440-9379 or email the Conservation Coordinator at for further information.

Where can I get the permit forms for a wetlands filing?
For the present you must visit the Conservation Commission office to get copies of state wetland permit and local bylaw permit forms.

Conservation Office

What are my options if a Beaver dam is causing a serious health hazard on or around my property?
Please see the documents available for download section of this website for MassWildlife's Beavers and the Law: A Citizen's Guide to Addressing Beaver Conflicts

Conservation | 978-440-5471

Name Position Office Location
Deborah Dineen Conservation Coordinator DPW Building
Faith Shapiro Department Assistant DPW Building

Planning & Community | 978-639-3387

Name Position Office Location
Jody Kablack Director of Planning and Community Development Flynn Building
James Kupfer Assistant Planner Flynn Building
Sally Purrington Hild Planning & Zoning Coordinator Flynn Building
Shawna Risotti Admin. Ass't/Sec. I Flynn Building
Kirsten Roopenian Admin. Ass't/Sec. I Flynn Building
Karen Margolis Housing Specialist Flynn Building
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