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Departments: Conservation Commission

210 Central Street
Hingham, MA 02043-2759
FAX 781-740-0239
Hours of Operation:
M-W-Th 8:30am - 4:30pm
Tues 8:30am-7:00pm
Fri 8:30am-1:00pm
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Conservation Commission

The Hingham Conservation Commission is a seven member board appointed to 3 year overlapping terms by the Board of Selectmen under Chapter 40 of the Massachusetts General Laws. The Commission is entrusted with the stewardship of over 1000 acres of conservation land and addresses natural resource issues of the town and region.

Empowered to administer the State Wetland Protection Act (M.G.L. Chapter 131, section 40), the Rivers Protection Law, and the Town of Hingham's Wetlands Protection Bylaw, the Commissioners review numerous projects that fall within their jurisdiction. After review, Orders of conditions are issued to applicants which are intended to protect the natural resource interests of the community.

A Conservation Officer, an Assistant Conservation Officer and a full time secretary staff the Conservation Office. Hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8:30AM to 4:30 PM, Tuesday 8:30 A.M. to 7:00PM , and Friday 8:30AM to 1:00PM

The Commission generally conducts a public meeting the first and third Monday of each month at the Town Hall beginning at 7 P.M.  However, please contact the Conservation Office to confirm meeting dates and locations and deadlines for submission of applications/filings.

The Falls at Foundry Pond

The Falls at Foundry Pond

Members Term Expires
Scott McIsaac, Chair 2016
Eldon Abbott, Vice Chair 2016
Michael Ide 2016
John J. Morrissey 2017
Robert Mosher 2017
Frank Gaul 2017
Laurie Freeman 2018
Conservation Officer  
Polina Supin, Asst. Conservation Officer  
Cathy MacDonald, Secretary  
Regina Hickey, Part Time Wetlands Clerk  

2014 Annual Report

In 2014 the Conservation Commission supported multiple projects related to natural resource protection and open space management. Projects included:

• Hingham Comprehensive Trails Plan
• Hingham Climate Change, Vulnerability, Risk Assessment and Adaptation Study
• Walton's Cove Stormwater Mitigation Project Phases I and II
• Town of Hingham Letter of Map Revision submittal to FEMA

Several projects were funded by grants and will be ongoing through 2015. MA Coastal Zone Management awarded funds to complete Phase I and begin Phase II the Walton's Cove project and to complete the Climate Change study. The 2014 Town Meeting authorized funds to complete the Comprehensive Trails Plan.

The Conservation Commission continued to evaluate projects subject to the MA Wetlands Protection Act and the Hingham Wetlands Protection Bylaw. The Commission acted on 156 applications and projects during 2014. These included:

• 3 Orders of Resource Area Delineation
• 1 Emergency Certification
• 4 Enforcement Orders
• 32 Orders of Conditions
• 2 Amended Orders of Conditions
• 39 Determinations of Applicability
• 48 Certificates of Compliance
• 27 Administrative Reviews

In addition to regulatory reviews, the Conservation Office responded to over 250 inquiries about FEMA Flood Insurance Rate maps and the National Flood Insurance Program.

The Conservation Commission adopted regulations governing hunting requirements on certain conservation lands. 62 Hunters received permits during the Fall 2014 deer hunting season.
The Commission's dedicated volunteers continued to help maintain and improve trails, fields and natural resources on Conservation lands. Various student groups, Boy Scouts and resident volunteers worked to clear trails and improve facilities.

Eldon L. Abbott
Frank Gaul
Michael Ide
Scott T. McIsaac
Alan E. McKenna
John Morrissey
Robert Mosher
Abby Piersall, Conservation Officer