Conservation Commission

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.

One of the Conservation Commission's most important responsibilities is protecting the ecological integrity of Sudbury's wetlands and the surrounding landscape. The Commission is responsible for implementing and enforcing the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and the Sudbury Wetlands Administration Bylaw.

All of our meetings are open to the public and we encourage you to attend any and all meetings that might interest you.

Message from the Conservation Coordinator, Debbie Dineen



Conservation Commission Vacancy: Seeking Environmentally-Minded Volunteers
Commission members have an important role in protection for wetlands and floodplains, preservation of wildlife habitat, better water quality, and acquisition of open space and trails.
(Posted: Wednesday, August 13, 2014)

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)
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)
Sudbury Heritage Landscape Inventory Report 2007
The Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation has partnered with Freedom's Way Heritage Association to conduct a Heritage Landscape Inventory Program in Sudbury.
(Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2007)

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Land Acquisition Review Committee Mission Statement Mission statement of the LARC August 26, 2009
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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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Order of Conditions 189 Landham Rd., Johnson Farm Part 2 of 4 Special Conditions for Johnson Farm October 15, 2012
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Order of Conditions 189 Landahm Rd.; Johnson Farm Order of Conditions Johnson Farm Part 4 of 4 October 15, 2012
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Order of Conditions 189 Landham Rd., Johnson Farm Part 3 Order of Conditions Johnson Farm Part 3 of 4 October 15, 2012
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Order of Conditions 189 Landham Rd.; Johnson Farm Wetlands Protection ActOrder of Conditions, Part 1 of 4 parts October 15, 2012
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Sudbury Wetland Administration Bylaw September 22, 2009
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Sudbury Wetlands Administration Bylaw Regulation August 2014 Bylaw Regulations Revised August 11, 2014 August 12, 2014
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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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Add These Plants to Your "Naughty List" For the Holiday Season and Beyond add These Plants to Your "Naughty List"! December 21, 2010
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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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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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Historic New England Letter on Pantry Brook Farm May 2, 2012
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Volunteer Form for the Historical Commission October 29, 2010
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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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Pantry Brook Farm April 30, 2012
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Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Four Season Wildlife Habitat Evaluation November 23, 2009
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How do I know if I need a wetlands permit?
Wetlands permits are required for all work within 100' of a wetland resource area and within 200' of all perennial streams. Wetlands are dynamic so the extent of wetlands change over time. As a result, the best course of action to determine if your work is within jurisdictional areas, is to begin by contacting the Conservation Commission.

Wetland maps from 1971 available in the Town Engineering office are not accurate and cannot be relied on for permitting, although they can be used for general wetland information.

How often does the Conservation Commission meet?
The Commission generally meets evey other Monday night at 7:00pm in the DPW Building. Often, additional meetings are held on Monday nights to accomodate the workload.
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.

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

Current Members

Name Position Address Term End Date
Thomas Friedlander Chairman 75 Water Row 3 05/31/2016
VACANCY Member 3 05/31/2014
Robert Elkind Member 38 Willard Grant Rd 3 05/31/2016
Bruce Porter Member 42 Surrey Ln 3 05/31/2015
Charles Russo Member 30 Juniper Rd 3 05/31/2015
Mark Sevier Member 14 Arborwood Rd 3 05/31/2015
Elizabeth Armstrong Vice-Chairman 166 Marlboro Rd 3 05/31/2017

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