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Department of Planning & Community Development - Conservation Division

Town of Braintree Department of Planning and Community Development

Conservation Division
1 JFK Memorial Dr.
Braintree, MA 02184
781 794-8230
Fax: 781 794-8089


Director: Christine Stickney, 781 794-8232,
Conservation Planner: Kelly Phelan, 781 794-8233,
Administrative Assistant: Louise Quinlan, 781 794-8235,

Departmental Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday
8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

Department Description


The Conservation Commission focuses on protection of resource areas such as wetlands and vernal pools, rivers and streams, and the wildlife that inhabits these areas.   The Conservation Commission and Department Staff administer the Rules and Regulations of the State of Massachusetts as set forth by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), in the Wetlands Protection Act (WPA), 310 CMR 10:00, and the local Wetland By-Law.  The Commission conducts public hearings for projects that are residential, commercial/business or municipal in nature that include activities within the Commission’s jurisdiction.  Additionally, the Conservation Commission manages all Town conservation lands in order to protect and sustain these natural ecosystems for current and future generations to use and enjoy.


Other functions of the Department Staff include beautification, tree planting, maintaining the Town’s Open Space Plan and a variety of open space/passive recreation initiatives.


Atlantic White Cedar Swamp

Potential Development of a Hunting Policy for Conservation Land

On March 14, 2018 the Conservation Commission held a public hearing on the potential development of a hunting policy for land which the Conservaton Commission manages. If a hunting policy is developed by the Conservation Commission , it would apply to only to:

Cranberry Pond Area (not to the adjacent Devon Wood Conservation land)

Eaton's Pond Area

South St. (Cochato) Area

The maps in the above links depict hunting setback areas according to state law.

The Commission will continue discussion of this topic at it's regularly scheduled April 5th meeting.