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Press Release: Mayor Marty Walsh Appoints Rackemann Attorney Michael W. Parker to Chair of Boston Conservation Commission

Boston law firm Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster announces that Michael W. Parker was appointed Chairperson of the Boston Conservation Commission by Mayor Martin J. Walsh on April 20, 2018. In this role, Parker will work with other Commission members to review development projects in or near Boston’s wetlands in an effort to protect open space and natural areas in the city. Parker was sworn in by the Boston City Clerk on May 4th for a three-year term.

In protecting Boston’s wetlands, the Commission administers the Massachusetts Wetland Protection Act, and Massachusetts Rivers Protection Act. It also seeks public access to wetland resource areas where it’s appropriate. The Commission also works to foster a connection between the people of Boston and the city’s natural areas through environmental education. Also, the Commission owns and maintains natural, open-space properties, known as Urban Wilds, that are open to the public.

As a Director in the firm’s Real Estate Group, Parker represents corporations and individuals in complex real estate and environmental disputes and transactions, including appearances before state, local and federal regulatory agencies as well as the state and federal courts of Massachusetts. He helps clients in all aspects of Boston land-use permitting, including the Boston Planning and Development Agency Article 80 approval process.

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