Next Speaker Series:

Our next speaker series is October 8th on Edible Wild Plants and Mushrooms Program at 7 p.m. in Room "A" with Russ Cohen from the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game Division of Ecological Restoration.



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Gail Surpitski
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25 Green Street
Ipswich, MA 01938
Phone: (978) 356-6661 | Fax: 978-356-6616


Conservation Commission

Office Hours


9 a.m. to 7 p.m.



9 a.m. to 4 p.m.



9 a.m. to 4 p.m.



9 a.m. to 4 p.m.



9 a.m. to 12 p.m.




If office is unattended, materials (Filing and/or documents or plans) may be left inside on the conference room table.

If office is closed, materials (Filings and/or documents or plans) may be left in the white bin on the door or in the Planning Office on the first floor.



The Ipswich Conservation Commission

Conservation is a department of:
"The Division of the Planning and Development"

The Ipswich Wetlands Protection Bylawwas established in 1990 by the voters of the Town to protect the wetlands, public and private water supplies, ground water and surface water, flood plains/flood control, storm water damage prevention, erosion or sedimentation control, water pollution prevention, fisheries land containing shellfish, wildlife habitat, thus protecting the quality of life in Ipswich. It was last updated in July 2001, so that is the version to rely upon

The Conservation Commission is an eight member, volunteer board who’ve been appointed to protect and uphold the state and local wetland regulations.

The Conservation Commission generally meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Selectmen’s Room A, second floor of Town Hall, 25 Green Street, unless otherwise posted. Refer to 2014 Meeting Schedule for the current year schedule. The meeting dates typically change in November and December to avoid the major holidays



Openspace Guidelines


Posted 1/23/12 In 2011, the Planning Department with the assistance of Conservation Commission staff and members initiated a State grant-supported project to ascertain if the five communities (Essex, Gloucester, Ipswich, Newbury and Rowley) with lands in the Great Marsh ACEC desired to cooperate in developing a comprehensive protective and management strategy for that Area of Critical Environmental Concern. The document entitled, Great Marsh Options Plan is the result of those efforts.  




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Great Marsh ACEC Assembly - Listen Session Invitation
GREAT MARSH ACEC ASSEMBLY - Listening Session Invitation
Coneco Habitat Evaluation for Wind Turbine Land Swap
Department Overview
Conservation Filing Forms
Wetlands Protection By-Law Amendment Statement
Linebrook Woods Conservation Area Management Plan
MACC Unit 6 Materials from 3-4-06 Annual Conference: Handouts, Referenced Orders of Conditions and Other Documents
Stormwater Info
Homeowner Stormwater Management: What you can do to help
Wetland Protection By-Law
Ipswich Wetlands Protection By-Law Rules & Regulations
Ipswich Wetlands Protection By-Law-Chapter XVIII
Guide/Brochure to Wetlands Protection in Ipswich
Regulation Bylaw Fee Changes
Meeting Schedule with Filing Deadlines
What is the Conservation Commission and who are their members?