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Frequently Asked Questions

What does the Conservation Commission do?
Do I have wetlands on my property?
Do I need to file with the Conservaiton Commission?
What is the filing deadline for the next Conservation Commission meeting?
Who do I talk to about a blocked culvert?
Am I in the floodplain/Do I need flood insurance?
Can I cut a tree (or some trees) on my property?
Can I cut a tree (or some trees) on Conservation property?
Where are the Conservation Areas located / How do I access the Conservation Areas?

 

 

 


What does the Conservation Commission do?
The Burlington Conservation Commission is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and the associated Burlington Bylaws. The Commission is also responsible for the care and management for over 250 acres of permanently protected open space called Conservation Areas.

Do I have wetlands on my property?
Inland wetlands are areas where water is at or just below the surface of the ground. Although these wetlands can appear dry during some seasons, they contain enough water to support certain plants and soils. While some maps may show wetlands, their accuracy is limited. Conservation Department staff are trained to identify these wetlands. Additionally, a wetland scientist can tell you if your property contains wetlands. All wetland delineations are subject to Conservation Commission review and approval.

Do I need to file with the Conservation Commission?
Basically, any work within floodplain, 100 feet of a wetland, or 200 feet of a stream needs to be reviewed and approved by the Conservation Commission. For detailed information, please visit this page or contact the Conservation Department.

What is the filing deadline for the next Conservation Commission meeting?
All paperwork must be submitted two weeks prior to the Conservation Commission meeting in order to be included on the agenda. The upcoming meeting schedule can be found here.

Who do I talk to about a blocked culvert?
If you have concerns about a blocked culvert, you should contact the Engineering Department to determine if the culvert is part of their easement inventory, which would allow maintenance and repair activities.

Am I in the floodplain / Do I need flood insurance?
FEMA provides floodplain maps for review and purchase online at www.msc.fema.gov. These maps can also be viewed at the Conservation Department, although the Conservation Department cannot answer any questions about flood insurance or your floodplain designation; those questions should be directed to FEMA.

Can I cut a tree (or some trees) on my property?
The Conservation Commission does not have jurisdiction over trees further than 100 feet from a wetland or 200 feet from a stream. If you are looking to cut or trim a tree within those distances, please contact the Conservation Department and we will review your request to determine if a filing is required.

Can I cut a tree (or some trees) on Conservation property?
The Conservation Commission does not typically allow trees to be cut on Conservation property. It is the intention of the Conservation Commission to maintain open space in its natural state and the Commission and staff work diligently to protect the trees and other vegetation on Conservation land from destruction. However, if your home or property is in danger because of an unhealthy or dead tree, please contact the Conservation Department to discuss the issue.

Where are the Conservation Areas located / How do I access the Conservation Areas?
We have updated our website to include detailed information, including maps, for our Conservation Areas. Visit this page to download and print information about our Conservation Areas. Maps are also available at the Conservation Department.