How do I know if there is a wetland on my property?

The definitive test of the wetland is an analysis of the soil in the 12 inches immediately beneath the surface. A survey of vegetation is another, though less reliable, means of identifying a wetland. Certain types of vegetation, such as cinnamon fern, winterberry, skunk cabbage, and high-bush blueberry prefer to grow in wetlands.

Anyone planning a project must consult the Commission to determine whether a wetland is present. The Commission's agent is trained to identify wetlands. Simply fill in the short Request For Determination form available at Town Hall and the Agent will visit your site to evaluate the soil conditions and vegetation and review your building, landscaping, or brush-cutting plans.

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1. What does the Conservation Commission do?
2. What is the Wetlands Protection Act?
3. Why should my project be reviewed by the Conservation Commission?
4. How do I know if there is a wetland on my property?
5. How will the presence of a wetland affect the home I’m building or the landscaping I’m planning?
6. Does the Conservation Commission ever permit construction within 100 feet of wetland?
7. My neighbor’s house is easily within 50 feet of a wetland. Why did the town permit this?
8. What is a vernal pool and why is it special?
9. What can I do to protect the wetlands in my neighborhood?