The Conservation Commission is composed of seven members serving staggered three-year terms; the Conservation Commission is responsible for administering the Wetland Protect Act (Ch.131 S40) and the Harvard Wetland Protection Bylaw. The Commission issues permits for activities in and near wetlands, floodplains, banks, river front areas, beaches, vernal pools and surface water. The Commission is the official agency charged with the protection of the community’s natural resources and management of town owned Conservation Land, currently ~1,725 acres. The Commission also
advises other town boards and officials on conservation issues that relate to their area of responsibility.
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