Natural Resources

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The Natural Resources Department has the following responsibilities:

  • Administers the daily workload of the Conservation Commission
  • Enforcing the Town Wetlands Bylaw, Wetlands Protection Act
  • Shellfish management
  • Alewife (herring) run development and management
  • Oil spill response
  • Enforcing other environmental laws and regulations including:
    • Animal control
    • Fishing
    • Hunting
    • Shellfishing
    • Trapping


The following publications are available at the Natural Resources Department: 

  • "Town of Sandwich Conservation Lands Map (currently out of print)"
  • "Sandwich - A Guide to the Wetland Protection Act"
  • "Town of Sandwich Conservation and Recreation Land - Trail Map"
  • "Sea Lavender"
  • "Shellfishing on Cape Cod"
  • "Massachusetts Shellfish Officers Association"

Shellfish Licenses will go on sale beginning Monday, October 28th at 8:30 AM. 

We would like to remind citizens of Sandwich that effective April 1st, no dogs are allowed on any Town owned saltwater beaches due to federal and state mandates to protect endangered shorebirds.  Dogs are allowed on private beaches, fresh water beaches, the Boardwalk and all associated parking lots as well as any of the Towns many Conservation Lands.  Please contact our office if you have an questions.