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ALERT: Guidance on Vegetation Management Along RR Rights of Way

Wednesday, September 16, 2020  
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New Guidance for Commissions and Staff - Railroad Vegetation Management along Rights of Way

Date: 9/16/2020


Dear Conservation Commission Members and Staff:

MACC and MSMCP have prepared the attached guidance to help clarify a wetland permitting issue related to vegetation management along railroad rights of way. If you are a community with an MBTA rail line in town, you likely recently received a Request for Determination of Applicability (RDA) from MBTA/Keolis in association with their proposed 2021-2026 Vegetation Management Plan (VMP).

We want to make you aware that MACC and MSMCP believe that the categories of Determination of Applicability requested by MBTA/Keolis are not appropriate for these filings. MACC and MSMCP have prepared the attached guidance document that goes into detail about this topic. In summary, Keolis/MBTA applications indicate that all work proposed within their VMP (including mechanical vegetation removal) should be considered an exempt activity. MSMCP and MACC disagree.

Please review the guidance for more information, including citations to the relevant sections of the Wetlands Protection Regulations. If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at

Click HERE for a copy of the guidance document.

Thank you for all that you do protecting the environment.- MACC Staff & Board of Directors

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