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All meetings are open to the public and posted by the Town Clerk. If a public hearing is scheduled, an official notice will appear in a paper of local circulation (generally the Chelmsford Independent). Please call the office at 978-250-5248 or stop by for more information.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval. 
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Problem on a Conservation Reservation?
Residents and site users can now report maintenance or repair issues to the Conservation Commission online!  If there is a tree down across a trail, significant erosion in a trail, or something similar, please let us know.
Report a Concern

Public Trail Maps
Attention Mountain Bikers!!!  The trails are currently closed to mountain bikers for Mud Season.  The Merrimack Valley NEMBA and Conservation Commission thank you for your cooperation.  We work hard to minimize trail closures, but they are necessary to keep the trails in good working condition.  Short term seasonal trail closures (and riders' cooperation) allow us to minimize long-term closures for major repairs.  We will post updates here and you can check MV NEMBA's website at:

IMPORTANT SNOW NOTE:  Conservation parking lots will be cleared, but not until DPW has cleared the roadways, schools, and other public buildings.  It may take several days, but the lots will be opened as soon as DPW is able to.  We ask residents to be patient and not plow Conservation parking lots themselves.  Contact the Conservation Office at 978-250-5248 with any questions or concerns

Crooked Spring Reservation, Lime Quarry Reservation, George BB Wright ReservationDeep Brook Reservation, Red Wing Farm, Cranberry BogRussell Mill Reservation, and Thanksgiving Ground Forest.

Draft Crooked Spring Dam Report:
Draft Report

About the Commission
The Chelmsford Conservation Commission promotes the protection and management of the town's diverse natural resources. The Commission is the permitting authority specifically charged with the conservation and protection of wetland resource areas. The Commission also provides educational resources for residents to be actively involved in the use and enjoyment of Chelmsford's open spaces. The Commission manages more than 900 acres of town-owned open space, including nine reservations with public trail systems.

  • Christopher Garrahan, Chair
  • John (Jack) Souza, Vice Chair/Clerk
  • David McLachlan
  • William Vines
  • Marc Gibbs
  • April Mendez
  • Chris Tymula

The Commission administers the Wetlands Protection Act [MGL 131, §40] and the Chelmsford Wetlands Bylaw [Chapter 187] and engages in planning, acquisition, and management of open space and conservation reservations, encouraging and monitoring conservation restrictions, and coordinating with other town officials and boards on conservation issues.


Conservation Office
The Conservation Office provides administrative support to the Conservation Commission and natural resources expertise to the local government in order to meet the needs and priorities of Chelmsford's land users. The Conservation Office follows the Chelmsford Master Plan and Open Space and Recreation Plan as guidance for implementing conservation practices. Protection of open space, natural habitats, and watershed features is the highest priority, while providing opportunities for education and improving sustainability for the Chelmsford community.

Katharine Messer
Conservation Agent

Ph: 978-250-5248

Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Town Offices
50 Billerica Rd.
Room LL05
Chelmsford, MA 01824

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