Conservation Commission

The Conservation Commission is appointed by the Select Board.  The commission consists of seven members.  

It is the responsibility of the Conservation Commission to uphold the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and the locally regulated Wetlands Protection Bylaw.

Commission Members


  • Gene F. Crouch, Chair
    Term Expires 8/31/21
    Appointed by Select Board
  • Carl G. Hakansson
    Term Expires 8/31/22
    Appointed by Select Board
  • Vacant
    Term Expires 8/31/20
    Appointed by Select Board
  • William O. Moulton
    Term Expires 8/31/21
    Appointed by Select Board

  • Koduvayur G. Narayana
    Term Expires 8/31/20             Appointed by Select Board
  • Catherine M. Van Lancker
    Term Expires 8/31/22
    Appointed by Select Board
  • Greg Wands
    Term Expires 8/31/21
    Appointed by Select Board

About the Commission


The Ashland Conservation Commission serves the town in a regulatory and advisory way. The Commission administers the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act, the Ashland Wetlands Protection Bylaw and the Ashland Stormwater Management Bylaw. Through these laws, the Commission ensures the environment is protected in order to:
  • Control flooding and storm damage
  • Ensure that habitats for wildlife are preserved
  • Prevent pollution and erosion
  • Protect groundwater quality and availability
  • Safeguard the town’s water supply
The Conservation Commission consists of seven members appointed by the Board of Selectmen. Ashland is fortunate to have members with expertise in environmental planning, environmental regulation, forestry, and wetland science.


Filing a Permit 


To file a permit with the Conservation Commission, please visit the Conservation Department page