Commission Info

Contact Us

Rochester Town Hall Annex
37 Marion Road
Rochester, MA 02770
Phone: 508-763-5421
Fax: 508-763-5379

Environmental Planner / Conservation Agent
Laurell J. Farinon, PWS
Phone: 508-763-5421 ext. 206
lfarinon@townofrochester.com

Patrice LaForest
Board Administrator
Phone: 508-763-5421 ext. 207
plaforest@townofrochester.com

Members & Purpose

Rochester has a long history of preserving important ecological, agricultural, cultural and water supply related lands for future generations. The Town of Rochester established the Conservation Commission & Town Forest Committee ("Commission") in 1963 under the Conservation Commission Act.

The Commission is responsible for protecting Rochester's natural resources, managing the Town Forest and conservation lands, administering the Massachusetts and Town Wetland Protection statutes, and advising other municipal officials and boards on conservation and environmental matters.

The Commission meets the first and third Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the Rochester Town Hall Conference Room.


Committee Members

Members are appointed by the Board of Selectmen: 7 members / 3-year terms.

Committee Member Name Year Appointed Term Expires
Michael Conway, Chair 2016 2019
Dr. John Teal, Vice Chair 2016 2019
Kevin Cassidy 2013 2017
Daniel Gagne 2016 2019
Laurene Gerrior 2014 2017
Chris Post 2016 2019
Rosemary Smith 2013 2017

Contact Us

Rochester Town Hall Annex
37 Marion Road
Rochester, MA 02770
Phone: 508-763-5421
Fax: 508-763-5379

Environmental Planner / Conservation Agent
Laurell J. Farinon, PWS
Phone: 508-763-5421 ext. 206
lfarinon@townofrochester.com

Margaret Gonneville
Board Administrator
Phone: 508-763-5421 ext. 207
mgonneville@townofrochester.com