Eight Takeaways from Environmental Law Public Service Brown Bag

Last week's Environmental Law brown bag focused on how and why to get involved in your local conservation commission.

Last week’s Environmental Law brown bag focused on how and why to get involved in your local conservation commission.

Last week, the Environmental Law Public Service Committee hosted an interactive brown bag program called “Getting to Know Conservation Commissions: Their Role as a Local Environmental Agency and How to Get Involved in Your Local Commission.”

So what can attorneys do to support their local conservation commission? They can help draft orders and other regulatory documents for the commission, help the commission understand regulations, and keep the commission consistent with the Open Meetings Law and Public Records Law.

Here are eight reasons why Eugene Benson, the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions, thinks you should get involved in your local commission:

  1. Help your city or town protect wetlands and open space
  2. Add your expertise and knowledge to a local regulatory body implementing state law
  3. Gain experience in administering an environmental statute and regulations
  4. Gain visibility in your community
  5. Meet and work with the wonderful people on your local commission
  6. Meet others in town/city government
  7. It can be fun and challenging
  8. Make a positive difference

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