In the May AmeriCorps will be conducting two major group projects under the supers vision of the Conservation Division on Forest Beach Conservation Property and Goose Pond. We INVITE YOU TO VIST THESE SITES TO VIEW THE IMPROVEMENTS made with the help of AmeriCorps and our Assistant Conservation Agent, including trail maintenance, trail markers, scenic overlook benches, new signage, removal of the foundation by CCF at Valley Farm and new trail to salt marsh overlook.

·Since October major improvements have been made to the following Conservation Properties

1.      George Ryder Forest

2.      Old Comers Forest

3.      Valley Farm

4.      Training Filed Triangle

In the coming months we will also be focusing on habitat management to promote wildlife on our Conservation Properties


The Conservation Division primarily provides staff support to the Chatham Conservation Commission who is responsible for administering both the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act (M.G.L. Ch131, s 40), its regulations (310 CMR) and the Chatham Wetlands Protection Bylaw (Chapter 272) and the Chatham Wetlands Protection Regulations. The Conservation Division staff is available to answer questions regarding wetlands protection and the permitting process, and can assist an applicant with completing a permit application. Click here for filing instructions.

The Chatham Conservation Commission is a volunteer board of 7 citizens of Chatham who are appointed to three year terms by the Board of Selectmen. In addition there are 3 associate member positions. (If you are interested in serving your community in this manner, please contact the Selectmen's Office or the conservation office.)

The Conservation Division also supports efforts of the Conservation Commission in the oversight of town-owned conservation lands.

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Cally Harper, Ph.D. Conservation Agent 508-945-5164
Paul Wightman Asst. Conservation Agent/North Beach Manager (508) 945-5164
Mary Fougere Secretary (508) 945-5164