Open to the public and media, the Fisheries and Wildlife Board meets monthly. These public meetings provide Board members with information from MassWildlife on wildlife and related topics and issues across the state. The Board's mandate is to protect and manage the wildlife of the Commonwealth as an essential public natural resource for the use and enjoyment of all citizens who hunt, fish, trap, and enjoy nature study and wildlife observation. This includes all mammals, birds, and freshwater fish, plus insects, invertebrates and plants that are listed under state and federal regulations as rare, endangered, threatened, or of special concern. The Board has hiring authority over agency staff and makes decisions concerning the acquisition and protection of land and water for wildlife.

If you have a disability or medical condition and would like to request special accommodations, please contact Susan Sacco at 508-389-6342.

Anyone wishing to be placed on the agenda to speak must notify the Board 2 weeks prior to the Board meeting; for more detailed information, contact Susan Sacco at the phone number above.


 

December 19, 2016. The December meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Monday, December 19, 2016, at 10:00 A.M., at the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, off North Drive, Westborough, Massachusetts.

Posted November 29, 2016; 12:00 P.M.


November 22, 2016. The November meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, at 11:00 A.M., at the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, Massachusetts.

AGENDA

  1. Acceptance of Minutes of October Monthly Meeting
  2. Chairman’s Comments
  3. Commissioner’s Comments
  4. Director’s Comments
  5. Law Enforcement Comments
  6. Personnel Report (Michael Huguenin)
  7. Proposed Regulation Change: Youth Waterfowl Hunt (H Heusmann)
  8. Invasive Species (Jon Regosin)
  9. Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Advisory Committee Report
  10. Set Next Meeting Date
  11. Members’ Comments
  12. Executive Session: Discussion of Proposed Land Acquisitions Whose Negotiations Would Be Compromised by Discussion in Open Session

Posted October 20, 2016; 12:00 P.M.
Updated and posted November 17, 2016; 12:00 P.M.


October 18, 2016. The October meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at 1:00 P.M., at the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s Western Wildlife District office, 88 Old Windsor Road, Dalton, Massachusetts.

Posted September 7, 2016; 2:00 P.M.
Updated and posted October 14, 2016, 10:00 A.M.


The September meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, at 1:00 P.M., at the Sunderland Town Hall, 12 School Street, Second Floor, Sunderland, Massachusetts.

Posted August 30, 2016; 1:00 P.M.

 


August 23, 2016. The August meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, at 11:00 A.M., at the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s Field Headquarters, Richard Cronin Building, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, off North Drive, Westborough, Massachusetts.

Posted August 1, 2016; 12:00 P.M.;
Updated and posted August 19, 2016; 10:00 A.M.


July 27, 2016. The July meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at 11:00 A.M., at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center, 6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, Massachusetts.

Posted June 29, 2016; 10:00 A.M. 
Updated and posted July 25, 2016; 10:00 A.M.
Updated and posted July 25, 2016; 10:30 A.M.

Updated and posted July 26, 2016; 12:00 P.M.


June 21, 2016. The June meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at 1:00 P.M., at the UMass Cranberry Station, One State Bog Road (the intersection of Spectacle Pond Road and Glen Charlie Road), East Wareham, Massachusetts.

A public hearing will be held at 3:00 P.M. on the same date and at the same location; please see the Public Hearings page for detailed information and to view PDFs of the proposed regulations.

Posted May 31, 2016; 1:30 P.M.
Updated and posted June 16, 2016; 12:00 P.M.


May 18, 2016. The May meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 1:00 P.M., at the Western Wildlife District office, 88 Old Windsor Road, Dalton, Massachusetts.

Posted April 26, 2016; 10:00 A.M.
Updated and posted May 16, 2016, 10:00 A.M.


April 21, 2016. The April meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Thursday, April 21, 2016, at 12:00 P.M., at the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s Field Headquarters, Richard Cronin Building, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, off North Drive, Westborough, Massachusetts.

Posted March 8, 2016; 12:00 P.M. 
Updated and posted April 19, 2016, 11:00 A.M.

 

On the same date, at 2:00 P.M., at the same location, the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will hold a public hearing to hear public comment relative to establishing rules and regulations for the 2016-2017 migratory game bird seasons and method of take. Please see the public hearing page for further details and to view the proposed regulations.


March 21, 2016. A meeting of a subcommittee of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Monday, March 21, 2016, at 1:00 P.M., at the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s Field Headquarters, Richard Cronin Building, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, off North Drive, Westborough, Massachusetts.

Posted March 16, 2016; 11:00 A.M.


March 7, 2016. The March meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Monday, March 7, 2016, at 12:00 P.M., at the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s Field Headquarters, Richard Cronin Building, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, off North Drive, Westborough, Massachusetts.

Posted February 15, 2016; 1:00 P.M. 
Updated and posted March 3, 2016, 10:00 A.M.


February 25, 2016. The February meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2016, at 1:00 P.M., at the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s Field Headquarters, Richard Cronin Building, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, off North Drive, Westborough, Massachusetts.

Posted January 21, 2016; 4:00 P.M.
Updated and posted February 23, 2016; 1:00 P.M.
Updated and posted February 23, 2016; 2:30 P.M.
Updated and posted February 24, 2016; 1:00 P.M.


January 14, 2016. The January meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Thursday, January 14, 2016, at 1:00 P.M., at the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s Field Headquarters, Richard Cronin Building, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, off North Drive, Westborough, Massachusetts.

Posted December 17, 2015; 12:00 P.M.;
Updated and posted January 11, 2016; 1:00 P.M.;
Updated and posted January 12, 2016; 9:00 A.M.


December 15, 2015. The December meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Tuesday, December 15, 2015, at 10:30 A.M., at the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s Field Headquarters, Richard Cronin Building, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, off North Drive, Westborough, Massachusetts.

Posted November 30, 2015; 10:00 A.M.
Updated and posted December 11, 2015; 8:00 A.M.


 

November 24, 2015. The November meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Tuesday, November 24, 2015, at 11:00 A.M., at the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s Field Headquarters, Richard Cronin Building, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, off North Drive, Westborough, Massachusetts.

Posted October 28, 2015; 10:00 A.M.
Updated and posted November 19, 2015; 4:00 P.M.


October 20, 2015. The October meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, at 1:00 P.M., at the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s Field Headquarters, Richard Cronin Building, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, off North Drive, Westborough, Massachusetts.

Posted October 16, 2015; 12:00 P.M
Updated and posted October 20, 2015; 12:00 P.M.

A regulation review listening session, in accordance with Executive Order 562, will be held at 4:00 P.M. at the same location on the same date.


September 29, 2015. The September meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Tuesday, September 29, 2015, at 10:00 A.M., at the Tyringham Town Hall, 116 Main Road, Tyringham, Massachusetts.

Posted August 13, 2015; 11:00 A.M.
Updated and posted September 24, 2015; 9:00 A.M.

An event to award the Fisheries and Wildlife Board’s 2015 Francis W. Sargent Award will be held after the meeting, on the same day, at 1:30 P.M., at the Berkshire Natural Resources Council’s Steadman Pond Reserve (a DFW Wildlife Conservation Easement), on the Monterey-Tyringham Road, Tyringham, Massachusetts.