The Grafton Conservation Commission is the official agency charged with the protection of Grafton’s natural resources. Chief among the Commission’s responsibilities is the administration of the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act (M.G.L. Chapter 131 Sec. 40). Additionally, the Commission advises other Town boards and officials, as well as private individuals and groups, on issues that relate to its areas of jurisdiction. These include, and are not limited to, the following: promotion and development of natural resources; the protection of watershed resources; planning, acquiring and managing open space; encouraging and monitoring conservation and agricultural preservation restrictions; accepting gifts of money or land for conservation purposes; management of Conservation land; inventorying Grafton’s natural resources; preparation of an Open Space and Recreation Plan; certification of vernal pools; nomination of unique natural areas for additional protection, such as Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC); assisting the Town in securing Self Help Funds for open space acquisition; and protection of Riverfront Areas.