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Hingham Massachusetts, Incorporated 1635, History & Pride

Town Government &


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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Important Documents & Links

Qualified Professionals for Elevation Certificates and LOMAs

Hunting Prohibition Letter dated January 7, 2014 (PDF)

Draft Administrative Decisions (PDF): The Hingham Conservation Commission will consider amending the Hingham Wetlands Regulations to allow for Administrative Review of certain projects subject to the Wetlands Protection Act and the Town of Hingham Wetlands Bylaw. The goal of the amendment is to provide opportunities for streamlined permitting for limited projects. The Commission will discuss the amendment at its regular meeting on November 4, 2013 at 7:00.

Flood Insurance Rate Maps - Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Foundry Pond Dam: Site Reconnaissance, Preliminary Evaluation and Opinion of Probable Cost for Dam Removal (PDF, 16MB - large file)

Do you as an abutter meet the "prior participation" standard? (PDF)

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, 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
Charles Berry, Chair 2014
Daniel Coughlin, Vice Chair 2014
Nina Villanova 2014
Scott Thompson McIsaac 2015
Alan E. McKenna 2015
Eldon Abbott 2016
Michael Ide 2016
Abby Y. Piersall, AICP, Conservation Officer  
Erica Larner, Assistant Conservation Officer  
Cathy MacDonald, Secretary  
Regina Hickey, Part Time Wetlands Clerk  

2012 Annual Report

In 2012 the Commission said goodbye to Cliff Prentiss who retired from his position as Conservation Officer. Cliff dedicated 12 years to the protection of Hingham’s natural resources and was instrumental in helping guide the direction and character of development for the community.

The Conservation Commission continued to evaluate projects subject to the MA Wetlands Protection Act and the Hingham Wetlands Protection Bylaw. The Commission acted on 96 applications and projects during 2012. These included:

  • 1 Order of Resource Area Delineation
  • 3 Emergency Certifications
  • 9 Enforcement Orders
  • 31 Orders of Conditions
  • 21 Determinations of Applicability
  • 31 Certificates of Compliance

For the fourth year, the Hingham Conservation Commission has opened selected conservation areas to bow hunting during the fall deer and spring wild turkey seasons. Twenty-nine individuals from Hingham and neighboring communities were approved to hunt on conservation land.

The Town acquired 40.72 acres of additional conservation land in 2012 through purchases funded under Community Preservation Act and donations of land to the Town. Among them are a 9.75 acre property located on Scotland Street and three properties on Main Street totaling 30.97 acres. These important acquisitions are located within the Town’s drinking water supply area and will provide additional recreation opportunities in South Hingham.

The Commission’s dedicated volunteers, Edy Cox and Bill Sarni continued to help maintain and improve trails and fields on Conservation lands.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) updated Hingham’s Flood Insurance Rate Maps and Special Flood Hazard Areas this year. In response, the Commission amended the Hingham Wetlands Regulations to address additional protection for lands within Special Flood Hazard Areas.

Abby Y. Piersall, AICP, was hired as the new Conservation Officer and began work on October 15, 2012.

Abby Y. Piersall, AICP
Conservation Officer