1. Supervisor Handbook

The updated Supervisor Handbook is now available online just by clicking on the link below.  The handbook was updated in October by the State Commission with help from all our conservation partners.  Hard copies may be obtained by contacting Tom Anderson at Thomas.anderson@state.ma.us or calling (617) 626-1013.

Supervisor Handbook  pdf format of Supervisor Handbook
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Division of Conservation Services

Commission for Conservation of Soil, Water & Related Resources, Massachusetts Conservation Districts

Through the Division of Conservation Services (DCS), The Massachusetts State Commission for Conservation of Soil, Water & Related Resources (State Commission) serves as the coordinating body for soil and water conservation programs throughout the Commonwealth. State Commission meetings bring district representatives together with a number of state and federal agencies and organizations and provide the opportunity for raising and addressing issues of concern to the districts and their partners.

The State Commission has 13 voting members, including four ex-officio and nine appointed.

The four ex-officio are the commissioners of the following state agencies:

  • Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR)
  • Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
  • Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR)
  • Department of Fish and Game (DFG)

Other voting members include:

  • Massachusetts State Grange
  • Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation
  • Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions
  • Conservation District Division I
  • Conservation District Division II
  • Conservation District Division III
  • Conservation District Division IV
  • Conservation District Division V
  • Conservation District Division VI

Partners in the work of the State Commission include the federal USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), USDA Farm Services Agency and the University of Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Envirothon Program

The Envirothon Steering Committee is a subcommittee of the State Commission. The Envirothon is an annual statewide environmental competition and educational program for high school age student and their advisors.

Conservation Districts

Each district has an elected board of supervisors who provide the delivery system for the federal technical assistance programs of NRCS as well as provide their own individually focused natural resources programs. They include conservation planning assistance on public and private lands, soil survey reports, conservation tree seedling sales, training workshops, sediment & erosion control technical assistance, and conservation educations programs.

To find out more about types of assistance available in your area, contact your local conservation district office (see below).

For more information on any of these programs here in Massachusetts contact:

Thomas C. Anderson, Executive Secretary 
State Commission for Conservation of Soil, Water & Related Resources
EOEEA, 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900
Boston, MA 02114-2524
(617) 626-1013

Links to Meetings and Agendas

District Contact Information