As the Wild & Scenic Committee we strive to provide accurate, helpful, and updated  resources. On this page you can find maps, brochures, annual reports/plans, landowner resources, bylaws, and other helpful links!

WRWS 2023 Stewardship Plan

This Stewardship Plan is intended to serve as a guide for ongoing management of the W&SWR and has four primary objectives:

  1. Provide a vision and strategy to protect and enhance the Westfield River watershed.
  2. Prioritize recommended actions.
  3. Assess management, staffing, and organizational options and priorities for the Wild & Scenic Westfield River Committee (W&SWRC).
  4. Assess stakeholder outreach and strategies.

Westfield River Map & Brochure

Watershed Map

View our Maps and plan your next trip to the river and see what it has to offer.

WRWS Brochure and Map

View our Interactive Brochure and Map and plan your next trip to the river to view its beauty.

East Branch Brochures

History   Geology   Trail

Landowner Resources

Landowners help protect water quality, enhance fish and wildlife habitat and reduce flood and erosion damage on your property. We are lucky to have so many river stewards who live along the Westfield River.  Here are a few financial, technical, and educational  resources available to landowners:

Town Representatives

See who your town committee member is at the link below:


2012 - 2017

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Local River Protection Bylaws

The communities of Chester, Chesterfield, Cummington, Huntington, Middlefield, and Worthington all passed River Protection Bylaws prior to receiving the Wild & Scenic Designation. The bylaws established buffers, septic setbacks, and special permits procedures for construction within the River Protection and Floodplain Overlay Districts. These zoning bylaws were passed before the Rivers Protection Act of 1997. Currently, the Westfield River Wild & Scenic Advisory Committee is drafting a Model River Protection Bylaw to update the existing bylaws to make them more consistent with existing regulations, as well as, provide a model for the communities who do not have a local bylaw in place at this time.

Protected Communities

Communities in the Westfield River watershed with local river protection bylaws currently in place: