Conservation Commission

Due to COVID-19, the Conservation Commission will be holding all meetings virtually until further notice.

Meetings will be held through the Zoom application.  Links and call-in information for joining meetings can be found in the "Most Recent Agenda" link. Conservation Commission submissions/applications, please visit the "Current Applications" link.

Until further notice please use the Temporary Abutter Notification form, directing abutters to the "Current Application" link to view permit filings on line.

  1. Overview
  2. Wetlands Bylaw & Regulations
  3. Application Forms
  4. Application Fees


The Conservation Commission is a seven-member board appointed by the Town Manager and charged with ensuring the protection of the Town's natural resources and conservation areas. The Commission is responsible for administering and enforcing both the state Wetlands Protection Act and the Town of Amherst Wetlands Protection Bylaw which involves reviewing and permitting projects within and near wetlands. The Commission also works closely with the Conservation Department on management of conservation land, including over 80 miles of trails, and establishing environmental policy such as updating the Open Space and Recreation Plan.

Committee Members 

Members are appointed by the Town Manager: 7 members / 3-year terms.
Committee Member Name Year Appointed  Term Expires 
Lawrence Ambs 2019 2024
Fletcher Clark 2014 2023
Ana Devlin Gauthier 2019 2022
Jenn Fair, Chair 2018 2023
LeRoy Gaynor, Vice Chair 2020 2022
Michelle Labbe 2021 2024
Laura Pagliarulo 2019 2022