Fundamentals for Conservation Commissioners
A Certificate Training Program
This is the training program for conservation commissioners and staff and anyone else who wants a solid grounding in the MA Wetlands Protection Act and regulations; wetlands protection and permitting; open space planning, protection, and management; and conservation commission responsibilities and operations. Program attendees will receive the Fundamentals Certificate upon completion of eight units. The program goals are to ensure that conservation commissions make informed, smart, and legally sound decisions protecting wetlands and open space and implementing the MA Wetlands Protection Act and Conservation Commission Act, based on science, technology, laws, regulations, and policies.
Pre-registration is required.
Program Participants will Learn
Outline of Course Units
Take the five required units (*) and any three elective units to receive the Fundamentals Certificate.
Unit 101* Overview of Conservation Commissions; Organizational structures and authority
Unit 102* The Wetlands Protection Act:
Unit 103* Plan Review and Site Visit Procedures
Unit 104* Wetland Functions and Values
Unit 105* Writing Effective Orders of Conditions
Unit 201 Getting Home Before Midnight: How to Run an Effective Meeting
Unit 202 Protecting Wildlife Habitat
Unit 203 Open Space Planning and Protection Techniques
Unit 204 Managing Conservation Land:
Unit 205 Effective Erosion and Sediment Control
How Communities Will Benefit
Instructors and Materials
All sessions are taught by expert instructors. Attendees are emailed materials before each Unit. Protecting Wetlands and Open Space: MACC’s Environmental Handbook for Massachusetts Conservation Commissioners, is the recommended text; inexpensive annual subscriptions are available for purchase.
Where and When
Each unit is about 2 ½ hours in length. Units are offered several times each year at various venues throughout the state. Units offered in person are generally given in pairs. Units 101, 102, 104, and 203 are frequently offered as webinars as well as on location.
What the Experts Have to Say
“In Wrentham it is now understood that all new Commissioners will complete the Fundamentals for Conservation Commissioners Certificate Program, as have all members since 2007. The training provides our new Commissioners with the knowledge and confidence to participate fully in all aspects of the Commission. Upon graduation members now look forward to the wide selection of MACC workshops at the Annual Environmental Conference. MACC continues to support us as we strive to provide the best wetlands protection for our community.”
~ Leo E. Immonen, Wrentham Conservation Commission
“Training in law, science, and policy is essential for commissions to receive the respect and credibility they deserve.”
~ Gregor I. McGregor, Esq., McGregor & Legere, P.C.
“We know the regulations - this workshop also gave us the "whys" behind them. Very useful.”
~ Program participant, Unit 104