Town of Rochester, MA


Conservation Commission

Members:

Kevin Cassidy
Michael Conway
Laurene Gerrior
Christine Post
Rosemary Smith
John Teal
Christopher York
Laurell J. Farinon, Conservation Agent

Email Address:

Plymouth County Mosquito Control Project:

To request that your property be sprayed for mosquitoes or inspected for breeding in standing water, call 781-585-5450 between the hours of 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM Monday through Friday. You can also Fax requests to 781-582-1276 (include name, address, and phone number).

Further information can be found at www.plymouthmosquito.org


Rochester GIS Parcel Viewer

View: Rochester GIS Parcel Viewer

The Town of Rochester is pleased to present to the residents and visitors alike, a mapping tool called MapGeo.

This tool enables the user to review any lot in the Town for informational purposes. This site allows the user to view the following attributes: assessor's parcel field card information, water features, topography, land conservation, resource protection areas, wetland location and more. The site offers a basemap and an aerial map (2011).

Lastly, the user can print maps with legends, scales and the information that has been selected.

Links to some help documentation can be found below.


Rochester Land Trust & Town of Rochester join forces
to produce Explore Rochester trail guide

The first ever Rochester trail guide contains trail maps, descriptions, photographs and points of interest along the trails of thirteen properties throughout Rochester. The 52 page color guide includes information on many miles of public trails in Rochester that provide great opportunities for walking, hiking, birding, fishing, cross country skiing, and horseback riding. There is something for everyone on the properties included in the guide, whether you're looking for a quiet walk in the woods, or to see a glacial esker or a globally rare flower in bloom. Each trail is special and unique in its own right, and ranges from short walks on Leonard's and Mary's ponds, to longer walks leading to the Mattapoisett and Sippican rivers.

Primary author and Open Space Action Committee chairperson Laurene Gerrior commented "One of the reasons that I think this trail booklet is so valuable is we were able to include a lot of information about the history of Rochester's land and people. Local residents provided snippets of historical information and photos that make the land come alive."

The project was a collaboration of the Rochester Open Space Action Committee, Conservation Commission and Rochester Land Trust. Michael Oleksak and Ginette Castro of cosestudi, local architects and Open Space Action Committee members, contributed their professional expertise in layout and design of the trail guide.

"We hope that people reading the guide will be inspired to visit a few of these properties and feel a greater connection to these lands", commented RLT President Halima Tiffany. "We are grateful to the Norcross Foundation for providing a grant to print the trail guides."

Hard copies of the Explore Rochester trail guide are available free of charge, by request, at the Rochester Town Hall Annex, 37 Marion Road, Rochester, MA 02270, from the Rochester Land Trust at info@rochesterlandtrust.org, or at the Rochester Land Trust booth at the Rochester Country Fair. A digital version of the guide will soon be available on this Town of Rochester website, as well as on the Rochester Land Trust at www.rochesterlandtrust.org.


Purpose of Conservation Commission

The Rochester Conservation Commission & Town Forest Committee was formed in 1963 as a broad based committee responsible for protecting open space and promoting land conservation. The Commission is a seven-member board that is charged with administering the interests of the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act, MGL Chapter 131, Section 40 and the Rochester Wetlands Protection By-Law. Wetlands and floodplains are extremely valuable for public and private water supply, ground water supply, flood control, storm damage prevention, pollution prevention, protection of fisheries and shellfish, and wildlife habitat.

The Conservation Commission reviews projects that involve work in or near (within 100 feet) wetlands that will result in an adverse impact. Commission members and agents/consultants visit each site to determine the limits of wetland resource areas to be protected. The Commission issues a permit that sets conditions by which work must be done to protect wetland resource areas.

The Conservation Commission meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.