Hamilton Conservation Commission - Useful Links

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Home Page The branch of state government responsible for many aspects of environmental protection: hazardous materials, water supply protection, safe septic systems, wetlands and waterways, and so son
DEP Division of Wetlands and Waterways Home Page The part of the D.E.P charged with wetlands and waterways protection. Information on its various programs.
DEP Wetlands Permit Application Download Page Download application forms for projects in or near wetlands or waterways.
Division of Wetlands and Waterways Publications Technical and legal background information on wetlands and waterways programs.
Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program Focuses on preventing local extinction of plant and animal species, and the management of needed habitats. They play an important role in the wetlands protection process, since wetlands projects can impact many threatened biological populations.
Massachusetts Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Environmental Law Enforcement
Riverways Programs
Good source of information on watershed initiatives throughout the state. Their print newsletters are very useful.
Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions The umbrella organization for conservation commissions, an invaluable educational and technical resource.
Association of Massachusetts Wetlands Scientists Home Page Association of professionals working on wetlands protection and wetlands impact reduction in Massachusetts. Homeowners and others considering projects near wetlands would do well to consult a member of this group.
Society of Wetlands Scientists - Wetland Web Sites National group for wetlands science. Excellent WWW link source on wetlands issues.
Massachusetts Audubon Society What needs to be said? A proud history of nature study and conservation in the state.
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Massachusetts Audubon Society A very large sanctuary (partly in Hamilton) and a rich resource for regional natural history study and activism. Leaders in the cooperative education project with Hamilton and Wenham Conservation Commissions.
Essex County Greenbelt Association Essex County's premier land trust organization. Looks after numerous sites in the county and actively promotes the preservation of more.
Trustees of Reservations A unique Massachusetts organization, protecting many important natural and historic sites, including Appleton Farm (Ipswich and Hamilton).
Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition A coalition of organizations like Essex County Greenbelt, the Trustees of Reservations and the Hamilton-Wenham Open Land Trust. The website gives basic information about each group and about how landowners and others can help ensure protected land for the future.
Sierra Club Massachusetts Chapter A non-profit member-supported, public interest organization promoting conservation of the natural environment by influencing public policy decisions. A very "newsy" site, worth visiting often, for example for information on efforts to build rational, usable public transit for conservation and better living.
Appalachian Mountain Club, Boston Chapter Hiking, canoeing, kayaking, biking, and volunteer trail work opportunities in the area.
New England Wildflower Society Don't be fooled by the "wildflower" in the name - active in study of all natural plant populations and in particular a major resource on New England wetlands plants, with a strong educational program.
New England Botanical Club In-depth resources on plant biology and ecology. Publishes the excellent journal Rhodora.
Arnold Arboretum Cooperates with other groups in the area to provide botanical and ecological education with an emphasis on woody plants, and of course visiting the arboretum itself is an education.

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