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Private Organizations

Town of Chatham: Private Organizations

Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen's Association
Chatham Conservation Foundation, Inc.
Friends of Chatham Waterways
Friends of Pleasant Bay

210 Orleans Road
North Chatham, MA 02650

PHONE: (508) 945-2432

FAX: (508) 945-0981



Paul Parker, Executive Director
John Pappalardo, Policy Analyst
Peter Baker, Campaign Director
Melissa Sanderson, Development Coordinator
Sarah Gallo, Communications Coordinator
Laura Slifka, Program Coordinator
Tom Rudolph, Program Coordinator

HOURS: 9:00 - 5:00 Daily

The CCCHFA is a member-based, non-profit organization actively campaigning for a healthy marine environment that supports a secure and viable future for sustainable commercial fisheries. We educate, support and empower the fishing industry and the public to affect policy changes that integrate environmental, social and economic issues.

PUBLICATIONS: "Hooked on Cod" newsletter.

OTHER INFORMATION: Membership dues: Industry: Captain-$500, Crew-$250, Part-time-$100; Supporting, $35 and up. Membership brings the newsletter and advance notice of special events.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS: The Shanty Community Fisheries Action Center provides a resource for all to learn about fisheries issues, including special events, lectures, discussions, lending library of books and videos - the coffee pot is always on! Also do outreach presentations for community groups as well as in-class and field-based fisheries lessons to school groups. We host teacher training workshops that help integrate local fisheries knowledge into MCAS curriculum standards.

KEYWORDS: seafood, fishing industry, gear, New England, Georges Bank, commercial fishing, hook and line, habitat, fishery, seafood, Cape Cod, ocean, groundfish, cod, pollack, haddock, blue fin tuna, essential fish habitat, Sustainable Fisheries Act, New England Fisheries Management Council, striped bass, tub-trawling, marine issues, advocacy, education, curriculum development, marine policy

104 Crowell Road
Chatham, MA 02633

PHONE: (508) 945-4084

FAX: Not available.



CONTACT: David H. Doherty, President

HOURS: 9:00-1:00 Tuesday and Thursday

A private, nonprofit land trust established in 1962 accepting land donations and gifts to preserve open space land in the Town of Chatham. The Foundation owns and maintains 540 acres of conservation land and maintain four walking trails. Trail Guides to Foundation property are free at the Mayo House and at the Chatham Chamber of Commerce visitor's booth on Main Street. The Foundation is an associate member of The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts, Inc.

PUBLICATIONS: Newsletter, free to members.

FEES: Annual membership: Associate - $25; Sponsor - $50; Family - $100; Benefactor - $500; and Lifetime - $2,500. Membership about 900.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS: The Josiah Mayo House, an historical house on 540 Main Street, Chatham, is open to the public in the summer. Built in 1821 this home was the post office under Post-master Josiah Mayo. Call for visiting hours. The Foundation maintains four walking trails for members and the public at large.

KEYWORDS: Chatham, Conservation, Land Conservation, Natural Habitats, Wetlands, Wildlife

P.O. Box 472
Chatham, MA 02633

PHONE: (508) 945-1985

FAX: (508) 945-4744

E-MAIL: or


Dr. Charles Bartlett, Co-President
Dr. William Coleman, Co-President

HOURS: No office hours. Call for information.

A nonprofit, informational resource for members and other interested parties concerning the condition, development, and preservation of Chatham waterways and adjoining lands and to take action on these issues in furtherance of the Associations interest. Primary interest is the development of recreational and economic uses of the waterways compatible with the protection of the natural resources and the character of the area. Additionally, the Association has an interest in broader municipal issues that may have an impact on Chatham's maritime heritage or upon the natural environment of the community.

PUBLICATIONS: FCW has published “Decades of Dedication,” the story of FCW volunteering to improve and protect the town’s waterways and adjoining lands. FCW has also published "An Economic Study of the Town of Chatham, Massachusetts" for the purpose of identifying the town's most important economic assets in order to preserve them (available on request). The plan is to be used by the Board of Selectmen, those working on the town's long range comprehensive plan, other town officials and voters at town meetings, when facing decisions about handling the growing population pressures on the town.

FEES: Annual membership: Individual $25, Family $40.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS: FCW sponsored and helped bring to completion the Comprehensive Management Plan for Stage Harbor and is now working on its implementation and expansion to manage the South Coastal Chatham Waterways. Public forums on issues affecting coastal communities, such as Chatham, e.g.: water quality (drinking water, coastal embayments, nitrogen loading, wastewater management), coastal/barrier beach erosion, and aquaculture.

KEYWORDS: Chatham, Coastal Management And Planning, Wetlands

104 Crowell Road
Chatham, MA 02633

PHONE: Not available.

FAX: Not available.



Margaret Stenberg, President
Roy Terwilliger, Treasurer

HOURS: No office hours.

A non-profit organization working to promote and safeguard the environmental quality of Pleasant Bay including boating safety, protecting fisheries, water quality, development of bayside public lands, and to educate the public about habitat and conservation issues. Regional cooperation among towns has succeeded in securing Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) designation, zoning bylaw and Board of Health bylaw harmonization and upgrading, and action on stormwater runoff.

PUBLICATIONS: Friends of Pleasant Bay Newsletter (2/year, to members and interested persons); "The Bay As I See It" by W. Sears Nickerson, "Rowing Forwad, Looking Back" by Sandy Macfarlane, and "Pleasant Bay Stories" by Marcia Monbleau (available at local bookstores). Visit web site for additional information.

FEES: Membership by application and dues ($10 or more). Visit web site for additional information.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS: Stimulate political action, school programs, citizen shorewalks, appropriate buffer planting on the waterfront, tours, speaker's bureau, occasional internships, harbor planning proposals. Offers competitive Grant Program for Brewster, Chatham, Harwich, and Orleans Public Schools.

KEYWORDS: Birds, Boating, Brewster, Chatham, Coastal Management and Planning, Commercial Fisheries, Conservation, Educational Services For General Public, Educational Service For Children, Erosion, Harwich, Health, Land Conservation, Natural Habitats, Natural History, Orleans, Recreational Fisheries, Safety Standards, Shellfisheries, Underwater Research, Water Quality, Water Pollution, Wetlands, Wildlife, Harbor Planning, Aerial Photos, Eel Grass Research

Town Departments

Town of Chatham: Town Departments

Conservation Commission
Department of Health and Environment, Health Division
Shellfish Officer

Town of Chatham
Conservation Commission

261 George Ryder Road, The Annex
Chatham, MA 02633

PHONE: (508) 945-5164

FAX: (508) 945-5163

E-MAIL: or or


Paul Chamberlin, Chair
Jay Putnam, Vice Chair
Nat Mason, Clerk
Corinne Johnson, Commissioner
Carol Scott, Commissioner
Richard Woodward, Commissioner
Eric Hilbert, Commissioner
Ira Seldin, Associate
Billie Bates, Associate
Joseph Manteiga, Associate
Kristin Andres, Conservation Agent
Jim Gallagher, Assistant Conservation Agent
Mary Fougere, Conservation Secretary

HOURS: 8:00-4:00 Monday-Friday

The Commission is made up of seven Members and three Associate Members to acquire open space, administer and enforce the Massachusetts Wetland Protection Act, administer local wetlands protection bylaws, manage open space land, develop open space plans, initiate other conservation programs, advise town agencies on resource protection, and educate local citizens.

KEYWORDS: Chatham, Conservation, Erosion, Geology, Land Conservation, Legislation, Mosquito Control, Public, Regulatory Enforcement and Information, Shellfisheries, Water Pollution, Wetlands, Wildlife

Town of Chatham
Department of Health and Environment, Health Division

261 George Ryder Road
Chatham, MA 02633

PHONE: (508) 945-5165

FAX: (508) 945-5163

E-MAIL: Not available.


CONTACT: Robert Duncanson, Ph.D., Director

HOURS: 8:00-4:00 Monday-Friday

The Board of Health enforces the Massachusetts General Laws, the state Sanitary Code, the state Environmental Code, and local health regulations. This includes, but is not limited to, the location, construction and repair of septic systems, hazardous material storage and disposal, solid waste disposal, bathing water quality, private water supplies, private wells, and non- community public water supplies. The board regulates the use of pesticides/herbicides. The board also sponsors the local annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day.

KEYWORDS: Chatham, Coastal Recreation, Health, Oil Spills, Public, Regulatory Enforcement and Information, Waste Disposal and Treatment, Water Quality, Water Pollution, Water Resources

Town of Chatham
Shellfish Officer

Town Offices, 549 Main Street
Chatham, MA 02633

PHONE: (508) 945-2331


E-MAIL: Not available.


CONTACT: Stewart Moore, Shellfish Officer

HOURS: 8:30-3:30 Monday-Friday
Massachusetts General Laws requires coastal communities to have Shellfish Constables who are trained and experienced in shellfish management. Public safety is important when consuming the live perishable product. The Shellfish Department is responsible for managing shellfish resources with the town including recommendations for regulation, propagation, and enforcement of town and state regulations pertaining to shellfish. The Shellfish Department is involved in water quality issues to protect shellfish resources.

KEYWORDS: Aquaculture, Chatham, Health, Lobster Fisheries, Ports And Harbors, Recreational Fisheries, Red Tide, Regulatory Enforcement and Information, Seafood, Shellfisheries, Water Quality, Water Pollution, Wetlands


Town of Chatham: Schools

Chatham Elementary School
Chatham Middle School
Chatham High School
The May Center for Child Development

Chatham Elementary School (Public)
147 Depot Road, Chatham, MA 02633
(508) 945-5135
(508) 945-51387-FAX
E-MAIL: Not available.
Principal: Ann Mahoney
Librarian: Astrid McClean
Science Dept. Coord.: Diane Littlefield

Chatham Middle School (Public)
425 Crowell Road, Chatham, MA 02633
(508) 945-5148
(508) 945-5143-FAX
Principal: Rosemary Williams
Librarian: Bob Bourke
Science Dept. Coord.: Casey Kloumann

Chatham High School (Public)
425 Crowell Road, Chatham, MA 02633
(508) 945-5140
(508) 945-5110-FAX
Principal: Paul Mangelinkx
Librarian: Robert Bourke
Science Dept. Coord.: Jean Avery

The May Center for Child Development (Private)
100 Sea View, PO Box 708, Chatham, MA 02633
(508) 945-1147
(508) 945-2698-FAX
E-MAIL: Not available.
Principal: Priscilla Blew
Director of Social Services: Sondra Miller

Last updated: January 14, 2015

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