Conservation Office

During this time, please contact our office via email or phone if you wish to schedule an appointment or site visit. Public records requests can also be performed via email. Thank you for your patience and understanding.  Voicemails left at the Conservation Office will be responded to when the Agent is in the office. 

December 8, 2021 Conservation Commission Public Meeting Information:

The Conservation Commission will participate in this meeting remotely utilizing Zoom in accordance with the Governor’s March 12 Order suspending provisions of Open Meeting Law and to promote public health and social distancing.

  • The information listed below is available on the Conservation Department website:
  • To listen with an opportunity to participate in this public meet please use the following link: 

        1. Meeting ID: 849 3591 2194
        2. Password: 794359
  • If you do not have a camera or microphone on your desktop or laptop, please follow the instructions below to call-in by telephone:
  1. Dial (929) 205-6099  or  (312) 626-6799
  2. MEETING ID: 926 8276 3184 (followed by #)
  3. MEETING PASSWORD: 830877 (followed by #)

If you cannot access the meeting via Zoom or telephone and you would like to comment on a project, please email with your question or comment and it will be added to the public record. You can also hand write a letter and mail it to: Conservation Department, 25 Green St., Ipswich, MA 01938.

The Conservation Office assists the Conservation Commission in administering the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act (WPA) and the Ipswich Wetlands Protection Bylaw. The WPA empowers the Conservation Commission to determine if a project will adversely impact the following eight interests:

  • Protection of Public and Private Water Supply
  • Protection of Groundwater Supply
  • Providing Flood Control
  • Prevention of Storm Damage
  • Prevention of Pollution
  • Protection of Land Containing Shellfish
  • Protection of Wildlife Habitat
  • Protection of Fisheries.

The Ipswich Wetlands Protection Bylaw adds Erosion and Sedimentation Control to the above interests.

The Conservation Commission has jurisdiction within 100’ of a wetland, 150’ of an Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC, defined as elevation 10’ in certain coastal areas), and 200’ of a river or perennial stream. Any work that impacts the water, soils or vegetation (other than pruning landscaped areas, routine maintenance of lawn, and a few other minor activities) requires prior approval by the Conservation Commission. This approval is achieved by filing certain forms and information with the Conservation Office, and attending a public meeting with the Commission to present the project and answer questions.

The Conservation Office is available to assist applicants to ensure that all required forms are properly completed and submitted.