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Protecting Wetlands and Open Space: MACC’s Environmental Handbook
for Massachusetts Conservation Commissioners

The Environmental Handbook is the indispensable resource for those serving on, working with, or appearing before conservation commissions.

  • Now in its 10th Edition, published in 2013
    • Contains current information not in the 9th Edition
    • Has 25% more information than the 9th Edition
    • Includes chapters on special topics not in the 9th Edition
  • Updated in 2015 and 2016
  • Incorporates the October 2014 Wetlands Protection Act regulations amendments

The Environmental Handbook is online and interactive:

  • Use it on any internet-connected computer or tablet
  • Available 24/7

Key Features:

  • Always have the latest update -- revisions pushed through immediately at no cost to subscribers
  • Legal, policy, scientific, and technical information and guidance
  • 22 Chapters and 8 Special Topic Sections
  • Word Search
  • Pop-up Glossary of Terms
  • Make and keep your own electronic notes on any page
  • Internal and external hyperlinks
  • Cut and paste pages and portions of pages into other documents
  • Print the pages you wish to have on paper
  • MACC member subscription price of only $15/year

Preview pages from the Environmental Handbook and see the complete Table of Contents HERE.

Read the Handbook Frequently Asked Questions HERE


Subscription prices are $15 per year for MACC-members and $50 per year for anyone who is not a MACC member. When your payment is received, we will email new subscribers an access code and the URL for a web page where you will create your Environmental Handbook account and then enter your access code to start using the Environmental Handbook. Return subscribers will receive a new access code to renew their subscription for another year.


Click HERE to Pay for Your Subscription


To create an account for the E-Handbook when you have your access code, click HERE
To log in and use the E-Handbook after you created your account, click HERE


Join our growing list of sponsors of the Environmental Handbook and companies listed in its Directory of ServicesDownload our sponsorship brochure HERE


Cultec, Inc., sponsored the Environmental Handbook at the Sustainability Leadership Circle Level, providing each MACC-member Conservation Commission with one free first-year subscription.

We thank these sponsors, who provided funding for us to maintain and update the Handbook:

Sustainability Leadership Circle
Cultec, Inc.

Leading Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors
BSC Group
Environmental Business Council
National Grid
Wilkinson Ecological Design, Inc.

Contributing Sponsors
Ecosystem Solutions, Inc.
Lucas Environmental, LLC
Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game



Our thanks to the Massachusetts Environmental Trust for funding the production of the 10th edition of the Environmental Handbook. Please join thousands of others who support MET's natural resources protection funding by having an environmental license plate. Please click on the MET logo at the left for more information.



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